Friday, December 16, 2011

The Twelve Days of Laurel Long

...♪♫ 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.'

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Marti said...

Its kind of like the whisper game kids play. The end result is far from the beginning words. Fun insight.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Oh! What a beautiful book! I love it! I think I need to find it. Didn't know the song was originaly French.
Dad grew up Catholic so we must leave the Christmas tree up until "Little Christmas" (Epiphany).

Ruth Kelly said...

Gorgeous art in the book. I love it.

Mimi said...

that book is quite a beauty.

Denise said...


Tiffanee said...

That is a beautiful book! Thanks for sharing!

Mama Hen said...

Who knew? I always loved singing this song since I was a child. This book looks wonderful! Thank you again for the Advent calendar. My daughter looks at it first thing in the morning and then again before she goes to sleep. She loves it! :) Have a great day!

Mama Hen

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'll look for this book and take a peek at your soaps! Happy holidays! Love your beautiful banner! ♥♥♥


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