Teckentrup, Britta The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book. PICTURE BOOK. Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2016. ISBN 1101940875 $14.99.
EL (K-3), EL, GIFT--ADVISABLE
For twelve consecutive days leading up to Christmas, the narrator's true love gives them a variety of gifts. The number of gifts corresponds to the day--1 gift on the first day, 2 gifts on the second and so on. As the days go on and the gifts increase in number, the illustration of the "Pear Tree" from Day 1 gets larger and larger. The cut-out illustration grows, showing off the increasing number of gifts as each day passes.
I absolutely fell in love with this cute little picture book. The two "lovers" are simple elf-like illustrations and it is great to see what they are doing on each page. The cutouts are fun and kids of all ages will enjoy seeing what each day will bring. Due to the nature of cutouts on a paper page, this book is rather delicate and could quickly be destroyed in the hands of the youngest readers. It would also make a wonderful gift for the holiday season.