The Twelve Days of Christmas

illus. by Emma Randall. 32p. Penguin Workshop. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780515157635.
PreS-Gr 2—Those looking for a new, visual representation of the popular song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" have come to the right place. The lyrics are simple but the illustrations are lovingly painted and absolutely charming. Each spread features delicate borders of holly, drums, flowers, bows, and other decorative flourishes, and the diverse cast of characters and animals are drawn with sweet, smiley expressions. Artistically inclined children will appreciate details such as the designs on the ladies' dresses, the lords' outfits, and the pipers' uniforms, as well as the escapades of a certain goose with a maid's milk bucket. At the end of the story, the boy who is the true love of the little brown-haired girl emerges and they smile at each other, bringing many days of bounteous gift-giving to an end.
VERDICT Not a must-buy since so many editions of the text exist, but this is an appealing stocking stuffer and an adequate addition to most libraries.

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