The Night Before Christmas

by Clement Clarke Moore
Illustrator Gennady Spirin

Amazon Childrens Publishing | September 1, 2006 | Hardcover

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The poem "The Night Before Christmas" has become so much a part of Christmas that it's hard to imagine the holiday without it. Originally published as an "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas," it appeared in 1823 in the newspaper, the Troy Sentinel. It has since been reprinted hundreds of times, acted out on stage, and read over the radio and on film and CD. The author, CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE, is said to have written the poem for his children on Christmas Eve, 1822. Our modern image of Santa Claus as a bearded, plump, jolly figure can be traced back to Moore's famous description of St. Nick: "He had a broad face, and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly."

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.39 in

Published: September 1, 2006

Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0761452982

ISBN - 13: 9780761452980

Appropriate for ages: 4 - 9

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The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

by Clement Clarke Moore
Illustrator Gennady Spirin

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.39 in

Published: September 1, 2006

Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0761452982

ISBN - 13: 9780761452980

About the Book

Gennady Spirin's classic illustrations convey the magic of St. Nick's visit, from the shadows cast by his sleigh and eight reindeer on a snowy, moonlit roof to the twinkling eyes and rosy cheeks of his friendly face. "The Night Before Christmas" will bring joy to all those who read it at Christmastime.

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The poem "The Night Before Christmas" has become so much a part of Christmas that it's hard to imagine the holiday without it. Originally published as an "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas," it appeared in 1823 in the newspaper, the Troy Sentinel. It has since been reprinted hundreds of times, acted out on stage, and read over the radio and on film and CD. The author, CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE, is said to have written the poem for his children on Christmas Eve, 1822. Our modern image of Santa Claus as a bearded, plump, jolly figure can be traced back to Moore's famous description of St. Nick: "He had a broad face, and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly."

About the Author

Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779 - July 10, 1863) was a writer and professor and is credited with writing "A Visit from St. Nicholas" for his children. Originally published anonymously on December 23rd, 1823, the poem that would come to be known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," was responsible for the creation of the Santa Claus myth as it is known in the United States and much of the English-speaking world. 

Gennady Spirin was classically educated at the Moscow Art School at the Academy of Arts and at the Moscow Stroganov Institute. Influenced by Russian Renaissance painters, Mr. Spirin has developed his own unique style of illustration using traditional Russian art techniques. His work appeared four times on the annual New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year list. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Appropriate for ages: 4 - 9