The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

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The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers (October 18, 2016)
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101940877

The twelve days of Christmas have never looked so fun! Turn page after page of this innovative picture book based on the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and watch as twelve days of gifts appear through clever peek-through holes on each page! Young children will especially love anticipating all the presents and seeing them arrive as if by magic. This interactive and lively book is sure to be a family favorite at Christmastime year after year.

Nana’s Thoughts
We all know the song, but Britta Teckentrup has taken it and through her marvelous illustrations brought it to life for the little people around us. I absolutely love the little boy’s and little girl’s faces as they take us page by page through the tune. With each turn of the page more and more is revealed through the “peek-through” holes until we see all the wonderful people, birds, and animals displayed on the final page. The pictures are colorful, bold and vibrant.

I found myself singing my way through the pictures imagining sharing this with the tiny tots in my life. Also counting the images seen through the cutouts on each page and even totaling them up at the end.

The targeted age range starts at 3 years and I would say that is perfect. It is a book to get out each Christmas and become a traditional read just like T’was The Night Before Christmas.

If you are buying gift for the toddlers in your life, this is a book you should add to your list.


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About The Author
Britta Teckentrup is an award winning illustrator, author and fine artist. She was born in Hamburg, growing up in a town called Wuppertal. She moved to London in 1988 to study illustration and fine art at St Martin’s College and the Royal College of Art. Britta is the author and illustrator of many well-loved books for children, including the bestselling ‘The Memory Tree’, ‘The Odd One Out’ and ‘Grumpy Cat’, which was selected by the Booktrust’s Bookstart scheme – 250,000 copies to be distributed to families throughout the UK. Her awards include a nomination for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis and a Special Mention at the Bologna Ragazzi Award for ‘Alle Wetter’. Since 1993 Britta has written and illustrated over 90 children’s picture books which have been published in over 20 different countries. She was invited as a guest artist to Ilustratour and her fine art work has been frequently exhibited at her London gallery and at art fairs all over the world. After 17 years in the UK – Britta now lives and works in Berlin with her Scottish husband, son Vincent and their old cat Oskar.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”