|The Twelve Days of Christmas, illustrated by LeUyen Pham.|
Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2014.
Happy Sixth Day of Christmas! Which one is this... Oh yes, six geese a-laying.
Okay, so while I like the imagery in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," let's face it, it's pretty repetitive. The only version I like to listen to is the one by John Denver & the Muppets. Of course, anytime we hear or sing the song, my whole family must add in Miss Piggy's "ba dum dum dum"s after "five gold rings."
But the images in the song are beautiful, which means they can lead to some fabulous illustrations. I bought a sweet Little Golden Book version at the used book store, illustrated by Sheilah Beckett, which I planned on sharing with you. Alas, I don't feel like doing two "Twelve Days of Christmas" posts, and this gorgeous new version I checked out from the library won.
I love LeUyen Pham! And her take on this carol is a treasure. The little couple is charming and sweet, there are adorable bits of humor, and wait until you get to day eight. WOW.
I love the illustration for "five gold rings." Look at the little fellow, hushing one of the geese from the next page.
And this is where the book turns spectacular. These maids a-milking are special.
Same goes for the dancing ladies, the leaping lords, the pipers and drummers.
The song culminates in one glorious multicultural mix of characters.
After the thrilling illustrations, I was pleased to find the song itself in sheet music form, as well as an explanation of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
There isn't much more for me to say, is there? I'm so not a reviewer. I'm more of a "Hey! Look at this, isn't it cool?!" sort of blogger.
Tomorrow, I'll take a little break from books, in order to show you a bit from our week. I cannot believe tomorrow is New Year's Eve! Christmas Eve was really a whole week ago? Huh, what? Where did our week go, let alone the past year?!