The Twelve Days of Christmas

About the Author

With more than 34 million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation’s foremost illustrators of children’s books. Having decided to become an illustrator early on, she devoted of her childhood to reading and drawing. As a student at the Boston Museum School, Brett spent many hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. Travel is a constant inspiration for Brett: she visits many countries to research the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. Brett lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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By Jan Brett

For centuries, young and old alike have been singing about the maids a-milking, the lords a-leaping, and a partridge in a pear tree. A Christmas carol, a parlor game, and a delightful counting song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a favorite of the holiday season.


n this book, all the splendid images from the song come joyously alive. Look closely, and you’ll see not only the extravagant gifts given by a suitor to his beloved but also a love story, a family’s busy holiday preparations, “Merry Christmas” in 11 languages, and a veritable menagerie of charming creatures. Jan Brett’s exquisitely detailed illustrations, so rich in traditional folk motifs, make this book a visual treat to be enjoyed over and over again.

  • Hardcover
  • 8 × 10 inches
  • 32 pages
  • Published: 1989
  • Recommended for ages 4–8

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