The Night Before Christmas Board Book: The Classic Edition, The New York Times Bestseller

byClement MooreIllustratorCharles Santore

October 15, 2013|
The Night Before Christmas Board Book: The Classic Edition, The New York Times Bestseller by Clement Moore
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Here is the wonderful new version of the classic poem every family should own! This edition of The Night Before Christmas is lavishly illustrated by renowned, New York Times #1 Bestselling artist Charles Santore, the critically-acclaimed illustrator of multiple classic tales, including The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and The Little Mermaid. This is a board book edition of the classic The Night Before Christmas.

First published anonymously in a New York Newspaper called the Troy Sentinel on December 23, 1823, under the title “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Clement Clark Moore has long been credited as the author of this beloved yuletide poem, but literary scholar Don Foster now believes that the true writer was in fact a poet of Dutch heritage named Henry Livingston Jr. Livingston had passed away by the time Moore claimed authorship of the poem years later. In 1844, Moore published “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in an anthology of his own poetry, but Livingston’s family has always insisted that Moore is not the true author. However, even if Livingston’s family had never spoken up, Moore’s authorship rings a bit false. The structure of the poem is very different from anything else Moore had written, but the style and imagery do match Livingston’s writing. Most compelling of all are the Dutch references in the poem, including several reindeer names, such as “Donder” (meaning “thunder”) and “Blixem” (meaning “lightning”). These names were anglicized in later editions to the now-famous “Donner,” and “Blitzen.” As a nod to Livingston’s claim on the poem, we have left the original Dutch name “Donder” in our edition.
Charles Santore is a renowned children’s book illustrator whose work has been widely exhibited in museums and celebrated with recognitions such as the prestigious Hamilton King Award, the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence, and the Original Art 2000 Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Santore is best known for h...
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Title:The Night Before Christmas Board Book: The Classic Edition, The New York Times Bestseller
Format:Board Book
Product dimensions:24 pages, 6.7 X 7 X 0.7 in
Shipping dimensions:24 pages, 6.7 X 7 X 0.7 in
Published:October 15, 2013
Publisher:Applesauce Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:3
ISBN - 13:9781604334388

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