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The Thirteen Days of Christmas (original 1972; edition 2009)

by Jenny Overton, Shirley Hughes (Illustrator)

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Title:The Thirteen Days of Christmas
Authors:Jenny Overton
Other authors:Shirley Hughes (Illustrator)
Info:OUP Oxford (2009), Edition: First TGHUS, Hardcover, 160 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Christmas, 1970s, read 2012, read 2013, novels, read 2016, read 2015

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The Thirteen Days of Christmas by Jenny Overton (1972)



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In case you were wondering, I'm cleaning of my library shelf in preparation to attack my stack of ALA ARCs, plus my stack of beginning chapters and easy readers from Random House. Plus a variety of sewing projects that have been neglected. On with the reading!

The Thirteen Days of Christmas by Jenny Overton was recommended by a blogger, I don't recall who. It's an amusing little novel about the origin of the Twelve Days of Christmas carol. A wealthy young man is courting an imaginative and proud young lady. Her younger siblings, anxious to be rid of her truly awful cooking and nagging ways, hint that gifts showing originality will do the trick. Unfortunately, the young man is rather literal....and used to buying things in large quantities....
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Verdict: Delightful!
  JeanLittleLibrary | Jan 1, 2012 |
Loved re-reading this book from my long ago childhood. Beautifully written, it tells the story of Annaple, who has a decidedly romantic view of marriage and is not interested in the more pragmatic Francis' attempts to woo her. Loosely based on the '12 days of Christmas' song, Francis swings into action, helped by Annaple's brothers and sister who would be happy for her to leave home (they all like Francis) as her cooking is awful and she bosses them dreadfully. As Francis' romantic gestures become more fanciful, Annaple gets sniffier and the whole town follows the wooing with interest.

Daily life, Christmas traditions and the fickleness of emotions make this a really enjoyable read, especially for 9-12 year olds. ( )
  lizn | Mar 21, 2010 |
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This is the heart-warming story of how three of the Kitson children help the wealthy merchant woo their older sister Annaple with a different gift for each of the twelve days of Christmas - with hilarious results! But as the house groans at the seams with partridges, calling birds, swans, maids-a-milking, and more, will Annaple really succumb to the romance of it all, or will she just want the house returned to its normal, tidy state?

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Three children help a wealthy merchant to woo their older sister, with a different gift for each of the thirteen days of Christmas.

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