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|12 days of Christmas|
Author: Pizzoli, Greg
An elephant parent has to take responsibility for caring for all of the gifts that arrive in this newly illustrated version of the traditional song.
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/17)
School Library Journal (10/01/17)
The Hornbook (00/11/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 10/01/2017 There’s no new text in Pizzoli’s adaptation of the yuletide song. The joy, of course, is all in the delivery. Our cast includes a young elephant (the “me” in the song), his “true love” (an identical young elephant with a Santa hat), and an older elephant watching the gift giving. From the first gift of a partridge in a pear tree, the older elephant looks concerned. Readers who keep their eye on this elephant, despite the cavalcade of animals that follow, will see her mood deteriorate into alarm, panic, and anger. Who can blame her? She’s the one with the bag of bulk birdseed, feeding the calling birds, French hens, and turtle doves, and being beset by pipers piping (rabbits with recorders), ladies dancing (cats in tutus), maids a-milking (mice with milk cartons), swans a-swimming (swans, one with an inner tube styled like Crocodile from Pizzoli’s The Watermelon Seed, (2013), and so forth. Along with Mo Willems, Pizzoli is the going expert at making the simplest of characters expressive—and it pays off in a raucous but sweet finale. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—The traditional lyrics of the popular yuletide song are brought to life by Pizzoli's signature art of adorable animal characters engaging in progressively zany antics. A little elephant wearing a Santa hat brings a multitude of presents that require a great deal of care, much to the dismay of the little elephant recipient's parent. By the 12th day, the cacophony of various types of fowl, milkmaid mice, dancing cats, leaping frogs, musical rabbits, and drum-banging pigs has the elder elephant glaring with scorn and finally giving way to tears. The crowd falls silent, and the young elephants offer comfort. A pear and a hug are enough to bring a hesitant smile to the adult's face. All is well, and the closing page shows the partridge in the pear tree in front of a lit fireplace with 76 stockings waiting to be filled. VERDICT Loads of fun for a small group sing-along or simply perusing for details.—Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.