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The Twelve Days of Christmas

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  60 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
With luminous artwork full of elaborate detail, the acclaimed Jane Ray brings new life to a classic holiday song.

In this lushly illustrated interpretation of the familiar Christmas carol, each spread offers surprises for the eye as nostalgic city scenes depict a multiethnic cast of characters bustling with packages and sprucing up their homes for the holidays. But at one h
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Candlewick
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Lisa Vegan
Dec 22, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all readers who like the song and can appreciate wonderful book illustrations
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
I definitely wanted to read this book before the end of the year. I don’t enjoy the holidays and want them over when they’re over. However, I do love this song and have enjoyed a couple other books that feature it.

And in this rendition the artwork is intricate and beautiful and colorful and marvelous in every way. I could spend many hours looking at all the details. The expression on the woman’s face toward the end is a hoot. Her cat’s interest in all those birds is so funny. And it’s made so cl
Stephanie H.
Dec 28, 2011 Stephanie H. rated it really liked it
Being the Jane Ray fan that I am, I admit to being completely biased in my review. I could stare at the illustrations all day. This book is quite simply the lyrics of the song Twelve Days of Christmas but is paired with some beautiful art work. The colors are bright and cheerful and their is the usual whimsy to Ray's work. I enjoy having many of my favorite Christmas songs in picture book form and this was a welcome addition to my collection.
Apr 13, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Grades K-6

Even if you have other versions of the carol, this is a worthy one to add to your collection. Jane Ray's illustrations bring the folk song to life beautifully and with a quiet humor. Along a busy row of townhouses, a woman receives her gifts from a secret admirer each day. The various feathered and fowled gifts in the first half of the song are nicely done, but it' the later gifts that readers will want to pore over. The nine ladies dancing are a flapperesque bunch that seem to be doi
Dec 21, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun book to read! It was a combination of a song book of The Twelve Days of Christmas with detailed, beautifully drawn, repetitive illustrations that felt a bit like "Where's Waldo" with much to examine and appreciate. By the end of the book, each apartment introduced on the first day of Christmas had received the allocated gift for the day (with opportunities for readers to match the locations while counting and identifying cleverly drawn objects). The more you look at it, the m ...more
Bianca Wilson-price
I like the idea of students being able to relate to the twelve days before Christmas as counting down for a math lesson and it actually happening. The students would have daily activities that they can create their art and math to decorate the classroom, as well as for "Secret Santa" gifts and other activities.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Nov 27, 2011 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, holiday
The text/lyrics are traditional but the illustrations are Jane Ray's and they are lovely.
Jan 02, 2014 Denele rated it it was ok
Shelves: christmas, rhyme-time
Lovely traditional Christmas story - but I wasn't that into the illustrations.
Edward Sullivan
Sep 09, 2011 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
An elegant and lavish interpretation of the classic holiday song.
Brittani Jordan
Jul 08, 2012 Brittani Jordan rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-class
This book is great getting close to the winter break. Have the students countdown starting with twelve days to the break and subtracting each day until then.
Dec 08, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I love how the "true love" is hiding in nearly every page. And how he is not white.
Delightful illustrations! I loved the attention to detail and that she used all different kinds of people to populate the book.
Mar 25, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
Great illustrations accompany the classic song. But "reading" this song made me wonder why in the world this song is so popular?
Debby Baumgartner
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Shelves: christmas
New account of the traditional 12 days of Christmas
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Born in London, Jane studied art and design at Middlesex University. Her main study was ceramics and she didn't start to illustrate until she left college. Her first published work was a series of greetings cards for Roger la Borde, followed by some book jackets, and eventually black and white illustrations for a poetry anthology with Orchard Books.
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