Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
T'was the Night Before Christmas From Mr. Boddington's Studio
Everyone's Favorite Holiday Story With New Illustrations
T'was The Night Before Christmas is a go-to holiday story that many families read as a beloved tradition every year. Many children have memorized the story and can read along with their parents or teachers every year. This traditional poem by Clement Clarke Moore presents the opportunity for family reading time and sharing with others who might be visiting for the holidays.
Mr. Boddington's Studio was created by illustrator Rebecca Ruebensaal. Mr. Boddington sat down this year with his traditional paintbrushes to bring his fresh illustrations to this timeless holiday story/poem. These illustrations are created with the brightest holiday colors and a wealth of details that fill the pages. Mr. Boddington's illustratons are highly engaging and readers will be captivated by each scene with fun offered in finding the special details in each scene. Sleeping pets are included in the opening line of the poem with "Not a creature was stirring." Take a look inside the Mouse House with "not even a mouse." Visit the sleeping children and check out the Christmas decorations. Their dreams of sugar plums is captured in a special bubble on the page. Young readers might like to count the sugar plum candies in the bubble. The town is featured with detailed store signs and people taking a walk around the town to admire the Christmas decorations with the poem continuing with "the moon on the breast of the new fallen snow gave a lustre of midday to objects below." Santa appears with this huge sleigh and his list of countires that he will be visiting. Be sure to notice the special passengers that are riding on the reindeer. They must be Santa's helpers that were created from Mr. Boddington's imagination. The poem continues with "And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof the prancing and pawing of each little hoof." One of Santa's helpers has an interesting sign that he is holding. When Santa and his helpers come down the chimney, one of the elves is excited about the special gingerbread that the children left. The pets are there to greet Santa. Santa gets busy filling the stockings and announces his next stop.
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!" as he takes off for his next stop.
A special ending section includes two pages marked for children and parents to fill in names, the year, their best gift for that year, and favorite memory from the year's holiday season. I found this to be a very special touch to the book.
This new edition was published by Penguin Workshop, a division of Penguin/Random House. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-38407-7.
Delightful New Illustrations For This Traditional Holiday Poem/Story
Traditional Poem Has a Wealth of Ideas for Classroom Holiday Activities
Holiday books were always my favorite go-to tool for preparing creative learning activities for my students for the holidays. This traditional poem is a favorite and teachers will enjoy preparing some activities to add to the reading of the poem.
*Read this edition of T'Was The Night Before Christmas in a story time session. Take time to engage students in examining the details of each illustrated page. The children's bedroom has a special recognizable board game on the floor. Take a class poll of the number of children who like this game. How many sugar plum candies are in the dream bubble?
*There are black silhouette pictures of the children hanging on the wall in the parents' bedroom. Teachers might like to do a silhouette of each child in the classroom to give to parents as a Christmas gift. I did this for several years in my classroom and the parents appreciated the gift.
*Engage the students in a discussion of what they would like to leave as a snack for Santa on Christmas Eve.
*Check out Santa's list of the countries that he will visit and have a globe availabe for the children to locate these countries.
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