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A young girl's suitor sends her a different and unusual present every day of the Christmas season and inspires the well-known song.
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Jenny Overton spent most of her working life as an editor and wrote several books for children. She wrote The Thirteen Days of Christmas as a story for her younger sister.
Shirely Hughes is one of the best-loved children's illustrators. She has created some of the most enduring characters in children's literature and was honored with an O.B.E. in 1999. She has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including winning the Kate Greenaway Medal twice.
Annaple's father and siblings love her dearly, but ever since Mama died they have been subjected to her horrendous cooking. Wealthy Francis would gladly marry her, but he's too conventional and unimaginative a suitor for Annaple. So the sister and brothers give Francis a few suggestions for gifts to kindle Annaple's romantic bent, hoping to marry her off. Inspired by the idea, Francis literally bombards his true love with gifts, beginning with a partridge in a pear tree. This charming and light-hearted fictional account of the well-known song is replete with medieval English Christmas customs and lore. Because readers know in advance what each day's gifts will be, the fun derives from Annaple's and the townsfolk's reactions to the barrage of accumulated swans, hens, rings, and so on. A delightful romantic read-aloud for the holiday season. Ages 9-11.
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Book Description Greenwillow, 1987. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110688073212
Book Description Greenwillow. LIBRARY BINDING. Condition: New. 0688073212 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.1293914