Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Susan Jeffers

It’s a real treat when a Children’s book illustrator takes an old text and puts a new spin on it.  Such is the case with Susan Jeffers in her new book, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Jeffers puts a delightful new twist on this traditional Christmas carol.  A little girl finds her Christmas present early – a snow globe containing a partridge in a pear tree.  Unfortunately she drops it.  Upset, she falls asleep  and dreams of a magical journey to the north pole with Santa.  On the way they meet all the characters from the song and sometimes those collide with hilarious consequences: when the seven swans  a'swimming meet the eight maids a’milking, it leaves a bit of a mess.  Once in Santa’s workshop she hands him her broken toy.  When she awakes on Christmas morning, and opens her gift, it is once again whole.  Has it all been a dream?

A reviewer for Kirkus Reviews calls this “A whimsical, magical interpretation of a holiday classic.”  Much of this story is told without words, in the illustrations alone.  That makes it the perfect book for sharing with a little one.