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The 12 days of Christmas

Twelve days of Christmas

Twelve days of Christmas (English folk song)
The 12 days of Christmas
[board book edition]
Publisher Info:
[New York] : Holiday House, 2017.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 16 cm
General Note:
On board pages.
Merry animals celebrate the twelve days of Christmas in this version of the traditional folk song.


Call Number
Material Type
E CABR Picture Book

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Seven squirrels skiing, six bears a-snoozing. . . A best-loved Christmas song gets a lively adaptation in this board book.

Story-hour favorite Jane Cabrera brings her signature style to the classic Christmas carol, giving it a friendly animal twist. Cheerful illustrations of skiing squirrels and magic mice in an imaginative winter wonderland invite readers to join the festivities and sing along to the reworked lyrics. Children will enjoy laughing at this clever new version--from the 12 penguins skating all the way down to party in a pear tree!

Author Notes

Jane Cabrera is the author and illustrator of many beloved books for young children, including Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe; and Row, Row, Row Your Boat. She is best known for her exuberant versions of classic nursery rhymes and her bright, kid-friendly paint and collage illustrations. She lives in Devon in England.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A child's friend gives her what amounts to a rollicking winter wonderland, from "a party in a pear tree" to "7 squirrels skiing" to "10 snowmen singing" until finally she gets a sleigh ride home with Santa. The charm of this adaptation of the traditional folk song lies in the cheerful acrylic illustrations, which feature adorably bright-eyed and animated creatures prancing about in the snow (all except for the "6 bears a-snoozing," of course). Lyrics and music are included at the end. Lots of appeal for young children.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Cabrera's jaunty spin on this traditional tune begins when a boy presents his "true love" with a "party in a pear tree"-a rainbow of birds wearing hats and crowns while grooving under a disco ball and joining together in a conga line. In successive wintry scenes, readers meet seven squirrels skiing, 10 snowmen singing, and 12 penguins skating before Santa whisks the boy and girl aloft for a "sleigh ride home." Creamy colors, rough-looking textures, and thick black outlines continue to be hallmarks of Cabrera's energetic acrylic artwork. Full lyrics and musical notation are included. Ages 2-5. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

The old English folk song gets new legs in this spirited adaptation that showcases the cutie-pie animals that have romped through other Cabrera books. The author's tweaking of the original lyrics (instead of a partridge in a pear tree, for example, her birds host a party in a pear tree) makes this more relatable to the youngest readers, while wizened older readers will enjoy the updates. Cabrera's joyful, naive-style paintings feature rounded, Chagall-inspired hills and crazy angles, along with cozy interiors and big-eyed, rosy-cheeked animals. Scenes are set both inside and outside; for example, 3 little kittens toast marshmallows on the hearth and enjoy hot chocolate, while later, 7 squirrels ski, 9 foxes sled, 10 snowmen sing, 11 reindeer dance, and 12 penguins ice skate. Cabrera ends the book with sheet music for the traditional song, plus the new lyrics. Devotees of other Cabrera renditions of popular nursery rhymes should be duly enchanted.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist