The Night Before Christmas

by Clement Clarke Moore and Jan Brett

Moore's rhyming story about the right jolly old elf who delivered toys using... read more

Moore's rhyming story about the right jolly old elf who delivered toys using a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer appeared in print for the first time with the title "A Visit from St. Nicholas" in 1823 in a newspaper in Troy, New York. Many editions have been published since then. Pleasing elements of this cheerful version include Brett's abundant uses of bright reds, blues, and greens, and her carefully developed images of the famous reindeer, here marvelously decked out in fancy blankets and bell-trimmed harnesses. Faux-Scandinavian-garbed St. Nicholas lands with a bound safely down the chimney, which is when observant preschoolers can begin noticing specifics about the gifts he delivers. They'll find the first names of dozens of boys and girls on gift tags scattered throughout Brett's border designs. They'll enjoy trying to identify the toys, and most will be ones about which their elder relatives can tell. Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night. (Ages 2-5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998

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