Title: The Night Before Christmas

Reference: Moore, C. C., Brett, J., & Dale, J. (2011). The night before Christmas. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Brief Annotation: This is a book about what Santa does on the night before Christmas, using rhymes to make the story magical. The story if from the perspective of a child who is experiencing a visit by Santa. It is a journey into the fantasies of a child, and is a good book for children who believe in Santa.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1+

Readers who might like this: Students and parents who celebrate Christmas would enjoy this book. This is also a book good for children who are adventurous. Readers who have heard this story before but are interested in the new illustrations that Jan Brett is famous for would like this book.

Rating/Response: I give this book a 4 out of 4. It has beautiful illustrations that bring the story to life. It is true to the original story, but the new illustrations make it all the more enjoyable. The way the text is set up is that each sentence has the same number of syllables which adds to the magical feeling of the text.

Text Dependent Question: What was Santa wearing when he came down the chimney?

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