Clement C. Moore (1779-1863) is widely regarded as the very poet of Christmas Eve. Much of the way we have come to celebrate December 24th. is based on Moore s portrayal of a jolly Santa, who along with his team of reindeer, brings happiness to children and joy to the world. Twas the Night Before was originally published in the New York Troy Sentinal newspaper in 1823. It has become the most famous poem in the English language. In 2011 various editions of this enchanting poem spent 36 weeks on the New York Times best sellers list under the children s category."
PreS-K-An 18th-century Papa narrates how he and the family pets assist Santa setting out Christmas presents for the family. Disney-like, full-color digital artwork lavishly depicts Moore's Christmas scenario from the kids snuggled in their beds to clever details such as Santa's reflection on each Christmas bulb. The book is subtle in its environmental and health-oriented treatment of the classic poem, except for Santa's note on the back flap saying that he has stopped smoking to be healthier and has always worn fake fur to protect animals including the Arctic polar bears. Purposeful, but not overdone.-Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Winner of 4 IBPA 2013 Benjamin Franklin Awards, including first
place best cover, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards 2012 Gold Medal
best holiday book, first place at the Global International Ebook
Awards best Christian children's title, gold place for the Mom's
Choice Awards in 2013. The edition is the first in the poem's 190
history to present Santa Claus as smoke-less. This small yet
significant edit captured international media attention including
the New York Post, Associated Press, NBC Nightly News, The Colbert
Report and The View. The debate over the edit went to the airwaves,
including the BBC, and National Public Radio. The book became a
*bestseller on Amazon.com in both 2012 and 2013 with hundreds of
positive reviews to its credit. Over 1,000 children aged 3-7 were
interviewed about smoking and the result was that 98% of them
wished no one smoked. This was produced with these children in
mind. Positive reviews: Kirkus, Midwest Book Review, Resources
Children's Literature Journal.
""The Night Before Christmas" is the best known poem in the English language. If someone gave us its first line, most of us could recite the second line automatically."
--Bruce David Forbes, Author