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The Grandma Moses Night Before Christmas Poem

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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  67,217 ratings  ·  1,066 reviews
Paintings by Grandma Moses illustrate the well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 17th 1991 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1823)
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karen
IT IS CHRISTMAS EVE!

i'm not sure if this is the correct edition to review. the one i have is also illustrated by arthur rackham , but it has this cover:

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which is much better than the one shown above.

i'm not sure how to review this, because it's just the night before christmas, but since i feel compelled to review all the books i read ever, i am just putting it out there that this is a wonderful christmas present to receive, and reading it on christmas eve with a giant mug of cocoa is a pretty n
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Kat Stark


Christmastime is where magic comes alive for children.

There were a few precious years where I believed in Santa. Where a child’s imagination takes over to the point where even when something as crazy as a fat guy with a beard squeezing himself down a disgusting chimney with no stains to show for it...has the time to go to each and every “good” kids' house to set toys down for them. Oh, and he has magical flying super-fast reindeer who get him to all these places within one night.

To be honest, if
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K.D. Absolutely
At what age did you stop believing in Santa Claus? Last Christmas, I still had to buy something for my daughter and wrote “From: Santa Claus” on the gift tag because she still believed in him. She was 16.

This morning while I was about to drop her at the gate of her school, she again borrowed the rosary hanging on the rearview mirror of my car. The rosary was a gift from my friend who attended the World Youth’s Day in Brazil this year so I am proud of it and taking care of it. The beads are made
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Kathie Meyer
Jun 14, 2008 Kathie Meyer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All ages
Shelves: winter-reading
This is a very biased review since I know the illustrator personally and was a model for one of the elves that appear in the book. My very special kitty, Larry, is pictured in the Christmas stocking at the end too. In fact, Watson used all real people to model for Santa, the elves and the family in the story, and he set the book in Port Townsend, Wash. where he lives. The clocktower is our actual courthouse in town.

Having said all of that...I think this is one of the most wonderfully illustrated
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Kathryn
Darn it, I don't know how to post for different editions as this keeps coming up the same despite different illustrators. Here, then, are the three versions I've enjoyed this season with links so you can see them on Amazon.


ILLUSTRATED BY GYO FUJIKAWA
Fujikawa's illustrations are so adorable and delightful and child-like, in a way. I thoroughly enjoyed his vision into this holiday classic, though I would have liked more page breaks and more frequent illustrations to help the flow with the poem bet
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Arlene
'Twas the Night before Christmas' is a beautiful holiday poem that was written by Dr. Clement C. Moore for his children as a Christmas present. It was reprinted many times over and wasn't what Moore thought would make him famous... but it did. It's been translated in many languages and continues to be recited to children all over the world.

Much to my chagrin, this is the first time I've read/heard this poem in its entirety, but I'll be sure to read it every holiday season moving forward. Beauti
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Sarah
I love this poem, I used to read it to my brother at christmas each year so it brings back nice memories.
Ryun
Descriptions of human sacrifice and the power of blood magic are commonplace throughout history, but one — Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS — takes place on the eve of a holiday that most consider a time of joy, happiness and generosity. This makes a poem that would be unsettling in any circumstances an intense, dark and enduring tale of supernatural horror.

Set on the eve of the eponymous Christian feast day, the book begins innocently enough, with a desperately poor fami
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I had never read this before, I'm pretty sure - we certainly never had a copy in our house nor any pre-Christmas tradition of reading it, nothing like that. Probably my primary school had an old copy but I don't think I was too interested. So this was a new reading experience for me, one I approached without any memories or sense of nostalgia to guide me. I got it because it's such a classic, and I believe it's the origin of Santa's sleigh and reindeer (which are named), though don't quote me on ...more
Candace W.
Oct 05, 2012 Candace W. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: kid-lit-class
This book tells the classic story of The Night Before Christmas, but with special cut outs and a beautiful pop-up finale. I really liked this book, because it tells a story that children know and love with a beautiful addition to it. The illustrations are done in mostly black and white, and are very beautiful. Beyond that, the cut out sections in them allow one illustration to illustrate two sections of the story just by turning the page. Last but not least, the pop-up finale is very intricate a ...more
Marie
The illustrations are wonderful. One wishes to live in a cozy little house full of Christmas like that.
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Clement C. Moore's 200 year old poem is known by nearly all American children today, if only by the opening line of, "Twas The Night Before Christmas..". It's a poem for every parent to share in anticipation of waking up and opening presents, to create a tradition of breathless anticipation and family warmth. Really, the only question is which illustrator to grace the story.

While some parents may prefer more modern illus
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John Yelverton
This story is the original Santa Claus story, and you can see why the character is around to this day.
Tasha
Following the classic Christmas tale, this version of the story is made special by the illustrations. Brallier has created fifteen stained glass illustrations for the book. They range from holiday mantles to close ups of the reindeer and of course Santa Claus. Santa does not wear a red hat here but instead has the robes of an English Santa Claus. It makes the feel all the more timeless and special.

Throughout, Brallier has small touches that are worth finding. I was entranced by her use of small
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Alan
How many decades ago did I memorize this poem, "Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash...." Does any kid now hearing this know what a "sash" is, not to mention a chimney etc. "As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly...": now as we await the wet leaves--and yacht boating boots--of the Republicans at their national convention hall in Tampa, a full foot above sea level at least: has anyone ever seen DRY leaves flying before a hurricane?
Sounds like someone from NY who has never seen a
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Prashant
This is a beautiful Christmas poem written by Clement Clarke Moore. I heard this on an audio book from gutenberg project and then also read the text from an e-book. The audiobook was in a sweet voice of a kid stopping and stumbling over some of the complex words.

Brought up in a Hindu house and an environment where many religions live and thrive together, for me Christmas has always been when some people in my neighborhood sang songs in the night and then around midnight a fat guy dressed in all
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Margaret
This is amazing. When I saw this one the list of recommended reads for the Memoria Press Third Grade, I thought surely it is not necessary as I already have two other versions by other illustrations, more whimsical than this black and white. But then when I got it out at the library, boy did I discover a treasure. I will have to look for this one to buy. The first page has a little historical note about the original presentation of the Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas, now known to us as The ...more
Claire
My addition doesn't seem to be the same as this book seems to be listed. However, goodreads.com says it is and won't let me add an addition. Oh well. I have had my copy of this famous poem since I was very young. For me, this book brings back several memories and I still imagine Santa as looking like the illustration from this book.
As a child, all I saw was the illustration and since it is great, it was easy to remember. As an adult, I can appreciate the two page addition, written by Paul Harve
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Sarah
This book has some beautiful illustrations, and looks great on the kindle fire. I'm not sure about the 'edited for the benefit of children of the 21st century' though, as the words appear to be pretty much the original poem/story, and the pictures are pretty old fashioned too. Father Christmas is definitely not delivering ipads and games consoles, and daddy is lighting his way round the house with a candle (not a kindle - which I use at night!).

My 2-year-old likes scrolling through the pages, an
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Jennifer Bracken
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This classic version of the story of the night before Christmas is turned into a pop-up book. I read this with my children each year on Christmas Eve and they love working the different pop-up elements. This book tells the story of the family going to bed and hearing St. Nicholas landing in the yard and coming into the house to deliver the presents.

This book could be read to your students on the last day of school before Christmas break. You just have to make sure that every stu
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Rikke
What a gem! This book is a little treasure box of Christmas stories, and it has set me in the perfect mood for Christmas. Many of these heartwarming tales were quite new for me, while their authors were well-known favorites. In fact, I almost squealed with joy when I found out that Lucy Maud Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott had written a few Christmas tales.

From Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to the title poem by Clement Clarke Moore and the short stories by Alcott and Montgomery, this little boo
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Miss Meghan's Class
I found this book for free on Amazon and thought it was really interesting that this book had the part of smoking edited, by Santa Claus himself, out of the story. That was one of the things that always got me thinking when I was younger about the original - my parents smoked for awhile, my sister does now, but I never have and always thought it was disgusting that he did.

This is one of my favorite Christmas stories - beautifully done with some amazing illustrations. Definitely a must for peopl
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Pamela Mccoll
After smoking away for 189 years Santa gives up the pipe and is no longer depicted as having a wreath of smoke around his head - all a good thing in the era when we are doing so much to try and get our kids or grandkids not to start smoking. Twas The Night Before Christmas was written by Clement C. Moore in 1822 on a sleigh ride home from Greenwich Village with his nine children on Christmas Eve. It has gone on to become the most famous poem in the English language. That is now is offered in a s ...more
Chris Mills
“Perfect for children of all ages” it reads on the back cover, and even though I have heard it read hundreds of times, this old classic never fails to raise my Christmas spirit. This timeless poem about Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve has been illustrated by many different artists since it was first published almost 190 years ago. The ‘aa-bb’ rhyming sequence is what makes the flow of the story and pace so exciting. I think this book would be a nice one to read to a key stage one class, althoug ...more
Melissa
This is actually the first time I've read this book. Pathetic I know! We always just watched the cartoon with the little family of mice on tv. But this book is very good and I'm glad I took the time to read it this year! The perfect illustrations are added with each page of the story. A combination of whimsical animals and Santa with his sleigh and reindeer will greet young and old alike throughout Twas the Night Before Christmas. This will definitely became a book that is read every Christmas E ...more
Sofia Davis
This great story is about what happens all before Christmas and how Santa Clause prepares to deliver all the gifts to children. It begins with the elves working and filling up Santas sled with presents and toys, all the way to the rain deer getting ready for take off. It shows how Santas goes all over and delivers presents and then Christmas morning all the young children wake up with excitement to see all their new gifts.
This is a wonderful holiday story that I know children will love reading b
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Leonie
I bought this book for my 8 month old daughter's first Christmas. It was a gift from Mummy rather than Santa as that enabled me to write an inscription in it that she can enjoy each year as we read it in the run up to Christmas.

The poem doesn't date even though it describes a Victorian Christmas Eve as most of the traditions and all of the essence of Christmas remains the same through the ages.

Merry Christmas to all...
Alexis Kydon
This is such a good book to read, especially as the holiday's are approaching. Who doesn't love a good Christmas story? Especially an original. There is so much excitement and anticipation the night before Christmas. The text is really catchy. Everything rhymes which makes it even more fun. It has a nice rhythm to it. It's about a kid who is very excited for Christmas and is definitely in the Christmas spirit. He heard St.Nick on the roof and it gets him even more excited. For a poem to rhyme s ...more
Maria Armenta
Let me just start off by saying that the illustrations for this book are amazing. The detail and the passion the was put into this creation is clearly seen throughout the book which is what makes this book so amazing for parents and children everywhere.

This is a beautiful Christmas poem written by Clement Clarke Moore.This picture book takes the reader through the journey and acts that occurring the night before Christmas. From the silence of the house to the dreams of young children. Until the
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Melissa
I won this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. When the book arrived and I opened the package, I was blown away by the illustrations. Every time I look at the pictures on each page I am beyond amazed. It is obvious that a lot of time and effort was put into the design and creation of this book. I cannot wait to read this to my cousins and hopefully as they grow older they will appreciate the artwork.
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Clement Clarke Moore, (July 15, 1779 – July 10, 1863), is best known as the credited author of A Visit From St. Nicholas (more commonly known today as Twas the Night Before Christmas).

Clement C. Moore was more famous in his own day as a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia College (now Columbia University) and at General Theological Seminary, who compiled a two volume Hebrew dict
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