Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas (Night Before Christmas Series)

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9781589803176: Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas (Night Before Christmas Series)

-New York Times Book Review The Rocky Mountains come alive on a cold Christmas Eve as a cowboy makes his way home. Upon arrival, he spies a big, fat red feller on the rooftop of his cabin and lassoes the suspected cattle rustler. Ordinarily, fate would have dictated dire consequences, but childhood memories reveal the stranger as Santa Claus and the two reunite. The pair bask in the warmth of the cabin as the cowboy tells of his Rocky Mountain days. He lives a hard life on the Western frontier but would never consider anything else. When Santa takes flight to continue his journey, he leaves behind a package to ease his new friend's troubles along with a wish: May your trail be easy and your burden be light! A new twist on Clement C. Moore's classic Christmas poem, this book plays off of its Rocky Mountain setting and the drawling dialect characteristic of the area. Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas is a welcome addition to any collection of Christmas tales and legends.

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things are looking grim for Santa on Christmas Eve as he loses his voice and all his reindeer get sick before the night's duties are done. He sends his reindeer off to bed and chooses eight cows to pull his sleigh instead. When Santa overlooks the shivering calf, Sugar Lump raises his voice to let Santa know he can pull the sleigh. A hoarse Santa appreciates the calf's strong voice and invites him into the sleigh to command the cows.

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"Forget Dancer, Prancer, Comet, and Vixen. . . . Good Clement, wherever he is, will not be gnashing his teeth." --New York Times Book Review The Rocky Mountains come alive on a cold Christmas Eve as a cowboy makes his way home. Upon arrival, he spies a big, fat red feller on the rooftop of his cabin and lassoes the suspected cattle rustler. Ordinarily, fate would have dictated dire consequences, but childhood memories reveal the stranger as Santa Claus and the two reunite. The pair bask in the warmth of the cabin as the cowboy tells of his Rocky Mountain days. He lives a hard life on the Western frontier but would never consider anything else. When Santa takes flight to continue his journey, he leaves behind a package to ease his new friend's troubles along with a wish: May your trail be easy and your burden be light! A new twist on Clement C. Moore's classic Christmas poem, this book plays off of its Rocky Mountain setting and the drawling dialect characteristic of the area. Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas is a welcome addition to any collection of Christmas tales and legends. (Back Flap) Joe Gribnau is a graduate of the University of Montana and obtained his master's degree in literacy from Walla Walla College. A resident of Washington state, he is an elementary-school teacher who enjoys writing. Mr. Gribnau is a fifth-generation Montanan with hobbies ranging from rock climbing to archery, but his greatest joy is being "Dad" to his three kids. Artist Salima Alikhan has been writing and illustrating her own stories since she was a child. After traveling in Europe, Alikhan briefly enrolled in college but soon realized she wanted to pursue her passion of illustrating full-time. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she has published a trade picture book and designed cover and interior illustrations for several magazines. She resides in Austin, Texas.

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