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Sumptuous paintings bring new life and spectacular beauty to this classic song.


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Sumptuous paintings bring new life and spectacular beauty to this classic song.

30 review for The Twelve Days of Christmas, Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shaina

    This had very beautiful pictures on each page with each item for each day being added, then the musical score at the end and thoughts on the origin of the song. This was an amazing book. I’d love to own a copy !

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lipko

    Exquisitely beautiful, I read this book over again. Gennady Spirin is one of my favorite illustrators. He is a supremely talented artist. In this book, Spirin uses the well-known Christmas song and tale of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Starting with a partridge in a pear tree, he continues to building and luxuriously add the remaining eleven animals. I keep all of Gennady Spirin's books because the artistic quality is matchless and incomparable. Five Stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    One of the most popular carols of the holiday season, The Twelve Days of Christmas provides the text for this beautiful new picture-book from master-illustrator Gennady Spirin. No stranger to Christmas-themed artwork, Spirin - who, the dust-jacket blurb informs us, was born on Christmas day - has previously worked on The Night Before Christmas , The Christmas Story , Joy to the World , and We Three Kings . Here he takes on the classic song celebrating the days from Christmas to Epiph One of the most popular carols of the holiday season, The Twelve Days of Christmas provides the text for this beautiful new picture-book from master-illustrator Gennady Spirin. No stranger to Christmas-themed artwork, Spirin - who, the dust-jacket blurb informs us, was born on Christmas day - has previously worked on The Night Before Christmas , The Christmas Story , Joy to the World , and We Three Kings . Here he takes on the classic song celebrating the days from Christmas to Epiphany. Each verse, which chronicles another gift given to the singer, is paired with a lovely, full-page pencil and watercolor illustration. The palette, as always, is rich, and the decorative borders surrounding the text, charming. Unfortunately, Spirin chooses to include the entire range of gifts in each painting, no doubt in an effort to reflect the text itself, necessitating an increasingly "zoomed out" effect. I appreciated the earlier illustrations, with their superior detail, much more than the later ones, and couldn't help but wish that Spirin had chosen to omit earlier gifts, in his depiction of later verses. Still, this is a beautiful edition, and with the inclusion of an informative afterword about the history of the song, as well as its sheet music, it would make a wonderful gift for the Christmas carol lover!

  4. 5 out of 5

    David

    My lovely wife read this outloud to me, it was a lovely book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bojan Tunguz

    "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 po "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 of this song all along. This books brings forth soem really remarkable, rich illustrations that go a long way to help us visualize the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas." The illustrations are vivid and very detailed. They are as beautiful as you will find in a children's book. However, there is not much to the book content-wise. It just contains the words of the song and the illustrations, with the sheet music and a brief history at the end. The illustrations help you visualise the sheer ridiculousness of the gifts given. If they were real they would not fit in anywhere but a royal court. (Or one of the Donald Trump's buildings. But I repeat myself.) If you tend to play "The Twelve days of Christmas" at your home, then this book may help your little ones get a nice visual treat to go along. But on its own, aside from the illustrations, I don't find this book very interesting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I was very excited to receive this book in time for Christmas to share with a family I know--the parents met in Russian and they still speak Russian with their children. Knowing Gennady Spirin is from Russia, studied at the Moscow Art School, and illustrates some of the most beautiful Russian folktales, I thought this would be perfect for my friends. Unfortunately, the subjects of the illustrations are not authentic to the Russian style but are more French in origin. But even that doesn't really I was very excited to receive this book in time for Christmas to share with a family I know--the parents met in Russian and they still speak Russian with their children. Knowing Gennady Spirin is from Russia, studied at the Moscow Art School, and illustrates some of the most beautiful Russian folktales, I thought this would be perfect for my friends. Unfortunately, the subjects of the illustrations are not authentic to the Russian style but are more French in origin. But even that doesn't really hold true as the calling birds are tropical, the maids a milking appear to be from the British Middle Ages, and half of the drummers look to be from 1780's Russian. Then again, the lords and ladies look like they stepped out of Marie Antoinette's court. Not that I feel Spirin had to keep with his traditional Russian style, but I would have liked the illustrations to have a more cohesive cultural setting. While the authenticity of the subject matter is disappointing,the illustrations are very beautiful and detailed. The author's notes at the end are also very interesting, and the sheet music at the end seems simple enough, although I haven't actually sat down at the piano to give it a try. Instead, I would recommend Jan Brett's Scandinavian version or Laurel Long's more traditional illustrations.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Gorgeous pictures

  8. 4 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    i think if this was a real book, hand held one instead of how i read it through my kindle (i am curious, when they take a real book and make it into a kindle book does that mess it up ... is it much to hard to change it into a landscape style read? does that change the text and pictures? i think that really affects the books i have been reading lately ... some are really good but some are really horrible. i wonder if the author or whomever is doing this gets that?? does that or should that affec i think if this was a real book, hand held one instead of how i read it through my kindle (i am curious, when they take a real book and make it into a kindle book does that mess it up ... is it much to hard to change it into a landscape style read? does that change the text and pictures? i think that really affects the books i have been reading lately ... some are really good but some are really horrible. i wonder if the author or whomever is doing this gets that?? does that or should that affect the review or rating u r giving ... i think so!! i mean that is a huge part ... if you can not read a book?? like usually when u read a kindle book u can increase the font size but in these reads u can not do that!! it is impossible??! i wonder??) ...it might be more easy to read ... reason for rating there ... the illustrations are amazing. just gorgeous!! it could be a perfect read if u could get the font bigger?? thinking? thinking? i wonder.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angela Lambkin

    What a great old song brought to now with beautiful illustrations! I liked the story and the illustrations but the font is so tiny that it cannot be easily seen to really enjoy it. Much less how is a person To be able to read the music notes and play this sing if they had a way to do so. These are my thoughts for why I have chosen to rate it as a four stars and for those ages 6-8. Great job Gennady By Sunny.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teresa A. Richardson

    12 Days of Color! The illustrations in this book were just fabulous! Bright and cheery colors added to the design of each page, bringing the story to life as the reader meanders through the book in song song fashion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jo Burl

    Beautiful book We all know the song, and perhaps the meaning behind the words. This a welcome and beautifully illustrated book. Each page would be a wonderful picture to hang on the wall. I’ll be looking for others from this author/illustrator.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gmc

    Beautiful A delightful read fun for the whole family. I enjoyed reading it to the family, my nieces and nephews where spell bound.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tarah A Lee

    Classic My boys and I enjoy this book more and more with each holiday season . It’s a must have in the Kindle library .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Lovely illustrations but they didn’t add anything to the song. I would like to read/look at other books by this illustrator.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    The other day we got a copy of Jesus: His Life in Verses from the King James Holy Bible and really enjoyed the artistry. Then I recalled that I also really liked a Goldilocks and the Three Bears version as well, so when I saw this picture book special for Christmas on a great bargain deal, I snatched the opportunity to add it to our shelves. It was perfect timing as in our curriculum with Memoria Press Kindergarten we were reading The Twelve Days of Christmas in the Jan Brett version The other day we got a copy of Jesus: His Life in Verses from the King James Holy Bible and really enjoyed the artistry. Then I recalled that I also really liked a Goldilocks and the Three Bears version as well, so when I saw this picture book special for Christmas on a great bargain deal, I snatched the opportunity to add it to our shelves. It was perfect timing as in our curriculum with Memoria Press Kindergarten we were reading The Twelve Days of Christmas in the Jan Brett version, so being able to bring this one out and show my girls another illustrators take on the song was quite magical. They are so different, but both so grand. Then if you recall we also enjoyed the new interpretation from Susan Jeffers in her The Twelve Days of Christmas . It is also beautiful, but not written in a way where you can sing it. This version from Gennady Spirin is definitely written in a fun way to sing it, which for us works quite well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    So beautifully illustrated. I need to find more of his books... This was my son's first introduction to this song as well and now he recognizes it on my iTunes as the "song from the book". We also used the music in the back to play and sing on the piano. As we were reading, I always pointed out the next gift being given. I'll definitely look for this one again year after year.

  17. 5 out of 5

    ContemplativeMater

    This Christmas classic is a must have with its rhyme and illustrations. It contains a few paragraphs about where it possibly could have originated. But with its fun and catchy phrases and realistic illustrations, it's sure to be a favorite at your house.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marybeth

    Lovely illustrations with sheet music at the back. Perfect holiday gif.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    December 2016

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Gorgeous illustrations. Includes an interesting note on the origins and history of the song.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Ruth Walker

    Not worth a $1 this book is not worth the $1 I paid for it. wish I bbc.co c would get . my money back.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sam Bloom

    Beautiful, detailed illustrations accompany the familiar lyrics. Don't know how this would work as a read-aloud, but I think I'm going to give it the ol' college try.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jess Gill

    an illustrated version of the classic christmas song. illustrations felt a bit fancy for a children's book, but fit the nature of the song well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emma Bovary

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  27. 4 out of 5

    Callista Flythe

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Blake

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Denny Orr

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