Christmas books in June? Am I crazy? Yes, Probably! But I am so excited about the deal I got that I just have to share with all of you. Last Christmas I wanted to buy a copy of Laurel Long’s Twelve days of Christmas, but couldn’t find a used copy for a good price, and with all of the other presents I was buying, I just couldn’t justify getting myself a this book. Well, the random thought occurred to me that I should check out Abe’s books for a copy of it now, since the inventory would be up and demand low. Guys, I scored! It’s literally a gold mine out there for Christmas books. I was able to get a hardcover copy in “like new” condition for $3.99 shipping included. It still had a sticker on the back for the $20 the book should cost. I am posting about this in June because Amazon and Abe’s books have a bunch of copies right now for you to get yourself an early Christmas present too.
If you aren’t familiar with Laurel Long, run to the Library and get her Magic Nesting dolls book, or the harder to find Lady and the Lion. They are all stunning. Really. I am no artist and I don’t use that word lightly. These are the kind of picture book that make you remember to be grateful you have eyes with which to see things. Trust me, boy or girl, old or young, you will like this book. You will stare at the pictures for quite sometime and each time find new things you haven’t seen before.
I have sung and read the Twelve Days of Christmas every day this week to my girls. They both love the book. Surprisingly, neither has asked why I am reading them a Christmas book right now. Each double page, full-color illustration shows one of the days of Christmas. Then each following day has all the other previous items hidden beautifully within the drawing for that day. I haven’t even found them all because it’s cleverly done. I didn’t even know to look for them until after a few reads through because it all blends nicely. (hint: one goose has two turtle dove feathers) It adds fun to the book without taking away from how nice the pictures look.
One last note: the author says “Four Collie Birds” when I always thought “calling birds”… I believe you can find both versions if you look and that’s by no means a deal breaker for me. I am so glad to have gotten this book to add to my Christmas collection. Be sure to buy the hardcover copy, you will want to keep yours for years to come too.
- Illustrator: Laurel Long
- Publisher: Dial Books
- Copyright:October 13, 2011
- Laurel Long Website link
Disclaimer: I bought my copy with my own money for way less than it is worth. I will get a small commission if you buy from my affiliate link.