The Thirteen Days of Christmas by Jenny Overton

The Thirteen Days of Christmas

Written by Jenny Overton
Illustrated by Shirley Hughes

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A Christmas wish on St Nicholas’s Day brings excitement to a family in the thirteen days of Christmas that follow soon after. When a father wishes for a husband for his daughter he little knows what an exciting reaction he will set in train. Annaple keeps house for her father and her brothers and sisters and she does it well – except that she can’t cook! Annaple has a suitor and dreams of romance so how can her siblings persuade her suitor Francis to propose and carry her off? Luckily, Christmas – or her father’s Christmas wish – seems to bring exactly what is wanted. On each of the twelve days of Christmas, starting with a partridge in a pear tree, Francis brings the appropriate gift. And what will happen on the thirteenth day? A beautiful story with a strong and convincing historical setting.


The Thirteen Days of Christmas by Jenny Overton

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree ...We all know this classic Christmas song, but what if someone really did send you all of those gifts? Where would you put all the geese a-laying? Not to mention the lords a-leaping! Find out in this charming story which is perfect for all the days of Christmas.


Seasonal storytelling at its best ... perfect for reading aloud at bedtime The Sunday Times

A book stuffed of lavish spectacle, described with a wonderfully visual sense of festival. The Tablet

A lovely book to give to any family to share and enjoy at this time of year. Carousel

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160 pages


Jenny Overton
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

3rd October 2013




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