Monday, November 26, 2012

Twas the Night Before Christmas: Edited by Santa Claus for the Benefit of Children of the 21st Century by: Clement C. Moore

Title: Twas the Night Before Christmas: Edited by Santa Claus for the Benefit of Children of the 21st Century
Author: Clement C. Moore
Publisher: Grafton and Scratch Publishers
Pages: 32
Format: ebook Arc
Source: NetGalley Arc

Description:

A letter from Santa Claus: In this special twenty-first-century edition, select lines have quietly slipped from the pages. Here at the North Pole, we decided to leave all of that tired old business of smoking well behind us a long time ago. The reindeer also asked that I confirm that I have only ever worn faux fur out of respect for the endangered species that are in need of our protection. This includes my dear friends the arctic polar bears. Publishers note: It was our sincere pleasure to act on Santa’s express wishes. As the direct link between the exposure to the depiction of characters smoking and youth initiation to nicotine has been well established, we were compelled to make these recommended changes. This influential poem has been at the very center of holiday reading for close to two hundred years, and our wish is that it will remain vivid and treasured for many generations to come. 

Clement C. Moore (1779–1863) is widely regarded as the very poet of Christmas Eve. Much of the way we have come to celebrate December 24th is based on his portrayal of a jolly Santa, who along with his team of reindeer brings happiness to children and joy to the world. Twas the Night Before Christmas was originally published in the New York Troy Sentinel newspaper in 1823. It has become the most famous poem in the English language. In 2011, various editions of this enchanting poem spent thirty-six weeks on the New York Times best-seller’s list in the children’s category. 

My Thoughts: 

This is such a great retelling of the story including beautiful pages.  The story is the same story many have heard time after time but I think all young kids would enjoy reading this book or having it read to them with the artwork in this book is amazing.  I really enjoyed it!

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