Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Kim Fernandes

The children’s poem A Visit from St. Nicholas is a favourite of many – but it is more commonly known by the title “Twas the night before Christmas”. Clement C. Moore wrote the poem for his children and did not at first acknowledge ownership. Fortunately it was published, and millions have enjoyed it ever since.

If you type “Night before Christmas” into the library’s search, you would find 9 different entries of the poem in various media formats. My personal favourite is titled “A visit from St. Nicholas” and is illustrated by Kim Fernandes. Fernandes’ vibrant three-dimensional illustrations leap off the page. The illustrations seem lovingly rendered - and any child or adult will pore over the tiniest of details.

If you are interested, check out the history of this poem and discover how it has influenced the development of modern Christmas celebrations. Whatever your favourite version of the poem is, I hope you’ll find time to enjoy it this Christmas.

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