The much-loved poem by Clement Clarke Moore, originally released under the title 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' but better known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' is given a new slant in this Kiwi version. The weather is fine and hot and the family is staying at the bach for the Christmas holidays when a white-haired man in black singlet and shorts appears in the sky riding on a tractor drawn by six sheep. This is the ultimate read-aloud for Christmas in New Zealand. The rhyming text flows off the page and Deborah Hinde captures the colour of a truly New Zealand festive season.
This new edition includes a full-colour press-out model of the beach bach that children can make for themselves, and a music CD!
Yvonne Morrison Wellington-based writer, Yvonne Morrison, is a first-time author with Scholastic but has been published before by Shortland Publications and Weldon Owen ltd. Yvonne writes of this work "I was overseas when I wrote this book, knowing I wouldn't be home for Christmas and feeling a bit nostalgic. As it turned out, I had a wonderful, but very different, Christmas in the snow." Deborah Hinde Auckland-based illustrator, Deborah Hinde, had already worked on a similar project with another writer and we were so captured by her artwork that we asked her to work on Yvonne's story instead. After reading the text she readily agreed.