Twelve Days of Christmas [The]

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1st Edition

235 x 187 mm. 32pp Illustrated.... [In stock in Australia, for immediate delivery]

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

So begins one of the best-loved songs of the yuletide season. Its verses celebrate the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany, when the three Magi presented the baby Jesus with gold, frankincense, and myrrh: the very first Christmas gifts.

Drawing inspiration from centuries-old illuminated manuscripts, Caldecott honour-medallist Ilse Plume creates an Italian Renaissance setting for the lyrics of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Twice a resident of Florence, her soul 'forever touched by the rays of Tuscan sunlight', she has poured over numerous books of hours, bestiaries, and miniatures in search of imagery that might 'convey the atmosphere, both tangible and intangible, of a particular time and place': a Florentine garden of the late 15th century.

Plume's exquisite images, created in gouache and coloured pencil, are rich in royal purple and gold, glowing vermilion and verdant green. In each, a beautiful, shy, young noblewoman with magnificent yellow tresses graciously receives a gift from her handsome Romeo: a brown partridge in a fruit-laden tree, two turtledoves in a golden cage ... and, finally, twelve lords a-leaping, in the form of twelve ornamental figures for the lady's Christmas tree.

Plume writes in an artist's note that 'I hope that the reader, in turning the pages of my book, will feel the sense of tranquillity that he or she would have felt wandering through a Renaissance garden'. Many readers will feel exactly that as they lose themselves in this quietly brilliant gem of bookmaking, a gift book that celebrates the joys of gift-giving.

Includes sheet music and lyrics for the home musician.
^ Children's Fiction ^


SKU 9781567923001
Barcode # 9781567923001
Brand Godine
Artist / Author Ilse PLUME (illustrator)

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