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The twelve days of Christmas

12 days of Christmas

Twelve days of Christmas (English folk song)
The twelve days of Christmas
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publisher Info:
New York : Doubleday Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A newly illustrated version of the traditional song.


Call Number
Material Type
E PHAM Picture Book
E TWEL Picture Book

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★ "Pham brings an international scope to this traditional holiday's nothing short of a global postcard." - Publishers Weekly , starred review

A dazzling new rendition of the classic Christmas song by New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham, sure to be a holiday family favorite for years to come.

Count the twelve days of Christmas as you dance through a magical holiday festival featuring people, costumes, and instruments from all corners of the globe. This luxe edition features the musical notation and a history of the cherished song. And for a Christmas surprise, readers can turn over the book's jacket and find a gorgeous poster where they can count all 78 gifts of the twelve days! This classic Christmas song has never been more enchanting or wide-reaching.

"A joyous visual feast." - Kirkus Reviews

Author Notes

LeUyen Pham is the prolific and bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore. Pham has also written and illustrated her own works, including All the Things I Love About You and Big Sister, Little Sister. She lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-The artwork makes this book a true joy to read. The paintings, depicting a boy and girl as the gift giver and receiver, are detailed and colorful, becoming truly memorable as the presents accumulate. They depict people from different cultures when showing the maids a-milking, ladies dancing, lords a-leaping, pipers piping, and drummers drumming, dressed in costumes native to their lands. The last page shows all 78 gifts together and challenges readers to identify them. The book also provides the music for parents who are interested in the sheet music. Additional background information on the 12 days of Christmas and the possible origins of the well-known song are provided for those interested.-Graciela Gallegos, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Pham brings an international scope to this traditional holiday song. A youthful couple, donning their Christmas finery, lead a playful dance through the song's cumulative lyrics as the boy tries to wrangle each unwieldy gift for his girl. Pham's (A Piece of Cake) eye for detail is evident as she showcases varieties of French hens, geese, and swans, but her paintings truly shine in the depiction of maids, lords, drummers, and ladies who hail not just different countries, but varied periods in history. Milkmaids from Africa, Europe, Asia and beyond greet the children; a Peruvian pan flutist rubs shoulders with a Scottish bagpiper; and so on-it's nothing short of a global postcard. Musical notation and a note about the song's origins are included, and readers are invited to locate all 78 gifts. Ages 3-7. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.