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The Night Before Christmas

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A gorgeous reimagining of the beloved Christmas poem, set in Africa Since Clement Clarke Moore penned this Christmas classic in 1825, it has been beloved by children around the world. Now, Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora sets the poem in Africa, capturing the anticipation and excitement of Christmas in her stunning collages. Children will pore over the enchanting art ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published 2009)
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Laurie
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Libby
You know the poem, but this one has a black santa :)
Miri
Love this version, with the cut-paper collages and a Santa with dreadlocks. Like I read in a review elsewhere, the African setting doesn't feel forced—it just is what it is. After all, Santa's for all the little girls and boys of the world.
Sam
Apr 29, 2013 Sam rated it 2 of 5 stars
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This book has a minority group as the main characters. Good illustrations and story about Santa and his reindeer delivering toys. I wouldn't put this in my classroom though.
Anna
It is so hard to find quality books that have black Santa's in them! This is my new favorite Christmas Eve read. I love the art work and creative artistry. Absolutely recommend!
Jane
Couldn't resist Santa with dreadlocks. Love Isadora's interpretation of what is usually depicted with such sappy sentimentalism.
Sarah
I wanted to like this. But the whole thing seems to be set in an African village strangely covered in snow.
Sarah
Rachel Isadora always does a wonderful job with retelling stories with the setting in Africa.
Athornton
Not the actual version of this book that I read but who cares, it's a Christmas tale!
Jodie
African influence in this version of the story. Bright illustrations.
Megan
Nice traditional poem featuring African-American characters.
Lex
My students love this twist on the traditional poem!
Marcus
Check out all of Rachel Isadora's works.
Jennifer
Lovely illustrations.
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Rachel Isadora is an award-winning children's author and illustrator. She has written children's books on multiple topics including ballet, life in America and Africa, and has illustrated several Brother Grimm tales in an African setting. She is most well-known for her Caldecott Honor Award book "Ben's Trumpet". She was a ballet dancer before she became an illustrator and children's writer.
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