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The 12 Days of Christmas by Rachel Isadora

The 12 Days of Christmas (edition 2010)

by Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)

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Title:The 12 Days of Christmas
Authors:Rachel Isadora
Other authors:Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2010), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:easy read; multicultural; holidays; Christmas; counting

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The 12 Days of Christmas by Rachel Isadora



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I did not like this book. The book is about the 12 days of Christmas, like the song we sing. It goes through the song while showing a setting located in Africa. It's just to sing the song with an African setting. One of the reasons I didn't like this book was because it wasn't anything really to do with Africa like I thought it did. When I read the book, I was like this is the song we sing in America. Did we steal it from Africa. Then I read about the author and it said " Rachel Isadora lived in Africa for a ten-year period, inspiring her to create picture books with an African setting, including The Night Before Christmas..." Therefore, she takes things that happened in America and then turn it into an African setting. I don't like that. Another reason that I didn't like it is because I feel like I didn't learn anything about Africa which was the point of getting this book. I just was disappointed when I read it. ( )
  mwolf11 | Mar 27, 2017 |
This book is a take on the classic Christmas song through the lens of African culture. The author used examples that she witnessed first hand in different African countries and then applied those things to each of the 12 days. This would be great for incorporating different cultural aspects into the study of the holidays, or a non-religious way to celebrate the holiday. ( )
  ShelbyEllis | Nov 24, 2016 |
Impulse grab at the library because of Isadora.  Glad I did - it is truly lovely.  And, obviously, creative, original, refreshing.  Text is only the verses; art is just illustration, so, nothing extra to the story experience.  But, oh my, the pictures!  This would make an absolutely fabulous poster.  Includes brief author's note and simple map. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This song gets so boring year after year, and I really liked having some new images to go with each verse. Which is, of course, what I like about all Rachel Isadora's books—the reminder that there are different perspectives on things you might have only ever thought of one way.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
This book was playful to me and I love the twist they added to the book. I think it would be important for children to have heard the original 12 days of christmas to appreciate this version. My favorite page was the 5 golden rings. ( )
  HillaryBertucci | Sep 7, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399250735, Hardcover)

Set in Africa, this beautiful rendition of the classic Christmas carol has a unique twist: colorful icons illustrate the various gifts repeated in each verse of this cumulative song, creating a rebus-style text that gives young children a fun way to follow along and chime in with the lyrics. The gorgeous, wonderfully detailed collage illustrations, comprised of colorful kente cloth and cut paper, feature tribal drummers and dancers, traditional clothing and native wildlife, making every scene as visually striking as the last.

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Sets the traditional Christmas carol in Africa, using a combination of text and rebuses. Includes author's note about some of the African traditions depicted.

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