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.