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12 Days of Christmas

Written by Lara Hawthorne

Illustrated by Lara Hawthorne

Part of the The Christmas Choir Series

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12 Days of Christmas Review

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Five out of five gold rings!

The Twelve Days of Christmas is as much a part of the festive season as sleigh bells jingling and Lara Hawthorne brings the song alive in this gorgeous picture book, filling beautiful scenes with the cavalcade of gifts and giving it all a sense of movement, joy and celebration. The trappings of Christmas are present in each spread – spot the holly, the paper hats, and the Christmas baubles on each page amongst the birds and leaping musicians – but the background outdoor scenes are green fields, particularly suited to her folk-art style illustrations. There’s so much to look at and each turn of the page presents a completely different scene – I particularly liked the ten lords, who go a-leaping right across the roof of a house, so that they’re almost flying across the page. The full lyrics are repeated in the final pages along with a special author’s note about the poem too. A Christmas book to be enjoyed all year round.

You can find more wintry & festive stories in our Best Books for Kids this Christmas collection!


Andrea Reece

12 Days of Christmas Synopsis

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.

Take a walk through each beautiful scene brimming with details that will remind you of the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Perfect to read with your true love.

This is the second title in the series, The Christmas Choir, which beautifully illustrates beloved Christmas carols. Don't miss Silent Night, the first title in the series.

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ISBN: 9780711245396
Publication date: 06/10/2020
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780711245396
Publication date: 6th October 2020
Author: Lara Hawthorne
Illustrator: Lara Hawthorne
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Bedtime Reading, Religion / Bible Stories, Traditional Tales

About Lara Hawthorne

Lara Hawthorne is an illustrator based in Bristol, UK. After graduating from Falmouth University in 2013 where she studied illustration, she has had work shortlisted for the Lowry Children's Book Award and has written and illustrated Herberto, a picture book published in Portugal, Brazil, Slovenia, France and South Korea. Her other books include The King of Christmas, Carol Ann Duffy's 2016 Christmas poem, published by Picador, and The Night Flower, published by Big Picture Press. As well as focusing on narrative work, Lara also sells a variety of prints, notebooks and cards. Through Betty & Dupree, her prints are distributed to shops ...

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