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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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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 |
A multicultural story about the twelve days of Christmas. The format is similar to the traditional "12 Days of Christmas."

The illustrations are beautiful. I like how the story is about a culture different from the dominant culture here in the United States. ( )
  rsaenz4 | Dec 3, 2012 |
This book's text is the same as the "12 Days of Christmas" lyrics that we are familiar with in America. However, the illustrations give a new light to the words. The illustrations are African and have a very tribal vibe. For example, the illustration along with "On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five golden rings," is of a woman with five large golden rings stacked around her neck. In our culture, we imagine these rings to be finger rings, but this book shares that it can be perceived differently through other cultures. I would like to read this book to students around Christmas time while learning how other cultures celebrate the season. The author's note describes and gives the city names that inspired individual illustrations so it could also be used for a small geography lesson of Africa. ( )
  amoore1 | Nov 16, 2012 |
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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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