The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora
Yes, it's another version of this beloved Christmas classic which may make you think, "Why bother? We know this story." However, it is totally worth the bother! Caldecott Honor winning artist Rachel Isadora has re-imagined the story and transports us to Africa. In her typical style, Isadora creates bright and cheerful collages using vivid oil paints, printed paper, and palette paper.
Kindergarten through grade 2 will especially enjoy this familiar and timeless tale while thinking about Santa Claus visiting children just like them halfway across the world. Just how does he do it all in one night?! Preschoolers may find it difficult to sit through the longish poem but it would be worth a try. The rhythm of the poem, the book's engaging illustrations, and the promise of Christmas to come may be just the trick to holding their attention.