...♪♫ and a partridge in a pear tree♫
According to this lovely new book by Laurel Long, the 'partridge in a pear tree' is actually a mis-transcription from the French, a partridge, 'une perdrix.'
So here I was, looking for a new Christmas picture book. This one is a beauty!
Ten lords a leaping
It was this photo, the double-page spread of 'ten lords a leaping' that totally sold me on the book. I may have bought it even sooner if it had had a castle in the background.
And did you know that 'four calling birds,' which I've always sung, is really supposed to be 'four collie birds' ??? Who knew!
are you sure it's not 'border collie-English springer spaniel' birds?
Evidently 'collie birds' is another name for common black birds. Fascinating!
This is a great book to have on hand when you're going to sing 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' with your kids or grandkids. The artwork is superb!
Actually, The Twelve Days of Christmas begins on Christmas Day and ends with Epiphany, January 6, which is when people celebrate 'Twelfth Night.'