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The night before Christmas

The night before Christmas

Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863; DePaola, Tomie, 1934-

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse'. Clement Moore's popular festive poem about a visit from Santa Claus, illustrated in colour by Tomie DePaola, is a delight to share with children

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009

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Statement of responsibility: Clement Moore ; illustrated by Tomie de Paola
ISBN: 0192728474, 9780192728470
Intended audience: Preschool.
Note: Originally published: New York: Holiday House, 1980; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981.
Physical Description: [30] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Subject: Children's poetry, American.; Christmas Pictorial works Juvenile poetry.


Here is a delightful poem that tells the story of the night before Christmas, when Santa Claus arrives with his reindeer and clambers down the chimney to fill the stockings by the hearth. The text and pictures combine to capture the feeling of magic and excitement, and give a real sense of warmth and Christmas spirit. Tomie dePaola has set the poem in the 1840s, using his own home in a small New Hampshire village as a model. The borders to the pages are based on

designs from New England quilts, giving the book a wonderfully nostalgic feel.


'This classic poem is a child's delight.'
Western Morning News