I know that my kids are a bit old for this story now, but I read it anyways. We aren’t even really into Santa Claus around here. But I still read the story.
Because it is a Christmas classic. The copy I have, I bought last year at the end of the season because it was illustrated by an illustrator that I admire greatly; Tasha Tudor. Her illustrations are ADORABLE!!!!!
Now, I know my kids are really too old for such things, and I read the book anyways, and so I looked up information about Clement C. Moore. A kind of a history lesson if you will. We learned that Clement C. Moore, like quite a few kids in his time, was home schooled by his father. He then went to Columbia College where he graduated at the head of his class. He went on to become of Professor of Oriental and Greek Literature.
Clement C. Moore now is well known for his poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, but did you know that he wrote it for his 6 children, later becoming 9 children in all. He never intended for it to be published, but someone else sent it in to a newspaper the following year, where people fell in love with the poem. It later spread all over the world and remained “Anonymous” until 1844 when Moore published a collection of poems.
Today, it is a staple of Christmas and many children know the story in some form or another. He did write a few other books and poems but this is the one he is most known for. One thing, one poem that has set him in a place in history and made him famous. Click here if you would like to read more about him in the Poetry Foundation website.
Tasha Tudor however, has lots of books that she is known for. She is a prolific illustrator, having many books and awards to her credit. Her drawings have always intrigued me, since I first started paying attention to illustrations some time ago. Click here if you want to read more about her. When I began to learn more about her, I found her life to be quite fascinating!
She lived in Vermont in a home her son built for her and did not have running water in the home until her youngest child was 5. She is a woman whose tea times were legendary, home crafts like soap making, candle dipping and canning were normal tasks. She and her family lived as if they were in the 1830’s because it was her favorite time period. Her gardens were beautiful and well known.
Intriguing to note that Clement C. Moore wrote his poem in 1822 and Tasha Tudor lived as though she lived in the early 1800’s. Marry the two in this beautifully illustrated book and you have a family treasure. (In my opinion.)
What books do you love to read with your kids at this time of year?? I would love to hear about them!