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PreSchool-Grade 4–This holiday favorite is brought to life through Spirin's gorgeous illustrations. The last pages include the score as well as a note about the song's historical origins. Oval paintings act as windows containing the art, while text on the opposite page is framed by an ornamental garland from a pear tree. The elaborately detailed and exquisitely executed artwork, rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, has a Renaissance feel. Roman numerals are placed on the tree or the base of the tree planter to indicate which day is being celebrated. As the oval inset fills with calling birds, golden rings, swans-a-swimming, etc., readers will enjoy trying to count all the gifts. A must-have.–Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public LibraryEND
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review by . December 11, 2012
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a well known Christmas-season song. It adds some dose of levity the twelve days between the Christmas day, December 25th, and the Epiphany on January 6th. Its origins are unknown, but in its familiar form can be traced to the late eighteenth century. It's an amusing song that might have been part of a game at some point. The gifts that are given seem quaint and even ridiculous, especially by today's standards. This ridiculousness was probably intended and the point …
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