The Visit: The Origin of ''The Night Before Christmas''

The Visit: The Origin of ''The Night Before Christmas''

by Mark Kimball Moulton, Susan Winget


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In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore created the classic Christmas poem, "The Night Before Christmas," for his daughter. Here, in verse and accompanied by over 50 richly detailed illustrations, is the story of the writing of this classic. It is based on the history of the poem as passed down through the generations of the Moore family and told to the author by Dinghy Sharp, the great-great-granddaughter of Clement Moore. Not only does the story of the beautiful and enduring poem's creation unfold in this tale, but many of the terms and actions of the characters in "The Night Before Christmas" are explained, including why stockings were hung, why windows were shuttered, what coursers were, and what exactly sugarplums that danced through children's heads really were. Perhaps most moving, is Moore's motivation and inspiration for the creation of the poem. This lovely edition is a natural companion to "The Night Before Christmas," which is included in Moore's own handwriting at the tale's conclusion. This story is sure to become an equally valued part of the holiday tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764345753
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Pages: 54
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Author/Photographer Mark Kimball Moulton is a "right jolly old elf" who lives in a magical world and wishes peace, health, and happiness to all.

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The Visit: The Origin of ''The Night Before Christmas'' 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
A mother and her children visit their grandfather, who tells them the true story behind The Night Before Christmas. Author Clement C. Moore, who on Christmas Eve, promised to tell his daughter a new Christmas story. He came up with “The Night Before Christmas.” The whole story was inspired by a trip to town that night! The true story about The Night Before Christmas should be in every household! It is based on the true story of how the classic “The Night Before Christmas” came about. The story was passed down through the Moore family and the author was told the story by Dinghy Sharp, the great-great-granddaughter of Mr. Moore. It is a great book, and you learn a bit about the time when it was written. I think this is a great Christmas book and an interesting part of history. The illustrations in this edition are beautiful and add a lot to the story. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Visit - The Origin Of the Night Before Christmas Author: Maek Kimball Moulton Illustrated By: Susan Winget Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd Published: 10-28-2013 ISBN: 9780764345753 Pages: 50 Genre: Tags: Most people have either read the poem The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore for his daughter or at least heard of it, but this beautifully illustrated goes even further and tells the legacy of the family's history of the poem as it was passed down through the family. The Vist: The Origin of The Night Before Christmas is book that is kept and read as an annual family tradition. Young readers will love the illustrations and the older generation will appreciate the memories the story will bring. So next Christmas season tell the story of the first Christmas be sure to entertain the family with a story that has withstood the test of time and the history that goes with it. I adored the opportunity to read and review this book. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher, Schiffer Publishing LLC for loaning me the book, it was a pleasure to read and review.