The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore (two illustrations)

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There are many different illustrated versions of the The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore. This story, as most people know, is a lengthy poem with sometimes awkward rhymes. But, it is a tradition, and the season would not be quite the same without the traditional reading on Christmas Eve.

Of all the illustrations, I prefer the one illustrated by Ruth Sanderson. The Ruth Sanderson illustrations are realistic but still gentle, and Santa looks like a magical friend. It’s our traditional read each year.

I also enjoy The Night Before Christmas as illustrated by Mary Engelbreit. Engelbreit’s illustrations have very bright colors. Her typical cartoon-like illustrations and hand-lettering (in parts) are detailed. The pages are very amusing in the portrayal of those in the story, although, with so many details, some pages look a little bit busy. The scene of Santa in the sleigh is a favorite page, and the reindeer all look unique.

I love Christmas. I love the daily reminder of Jesus Christ in the decorations and in the gift giving. But I also love the traditions of Santa Claus, the festive holiday songs, the fudge and gingerbread. 

This year, I decided to immerse myself in holiday picture books. My son, at one-year-old, won’t remember a thing about this Christmas. But next year he might remember something: I want to know which picture books best bring the spirit of the season in to our home so next year we’ll be ready.

Reviewed on December 15, 2008

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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