Twas the Night Before Christmas Edited by Santa Claus for the Benefit of Children of the 21st Century3star



Socially Conscious Santa



By Clement C. Moore, Illustrated by Elena Almazova & Vitaly Shvarov
Grafton & Scratch Publishers, $16.95, 32 pages

This familiar verse gets a socially conscious update. Young readers are spared the image of Santa puffing on his pipe and all references to smoking have been removed. In addition, Santa makes a statement on the back cover flap that he only wears fake fur. Vegetable inks and FSC paper round out the updates for the environmentally conscious reader. When a favorite text is retold, the emphasis falls to illustrations. These are bright and simplistic, with a liberal use of pastels. Animals make an appearance on every page. This edition offers another option for a favorite holiday poem.

Reviewed By Lisa Ard

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