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The Twelve Days of Summer

by Jan Andrews
illustrated by Susan R. Jolliffe

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list price: $9.95
also available: Hardcover eBook
published: 2007
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
6 to 8
p to 3
Reading age:
4 to 8
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The Twelve Days of Summer

On my first day of summer, the sunshine brought to me… And so the delight begins. Page by page, creatures gather in a beautiful garden, celebrating summer and the life cycle.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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Patterned on the popular carol, The Twelve Days of Summer takes readers on a joyous journey into summer, from the first discovery of three eggs in a sparrowís nest to the day when those eggs hatch. Readers will pore over the pictures, searching for that fifth bumblebee, that tenth crow, and for the thoughtfully chosen toy that turns up on each page: a parachute with the goatsbeard seeds, a fan with the ruffed grouse...This is a story to delight and engage children and adults alike.

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On my third day of summer, the sunshine brought to me…

Three ruffed grouse

Two goatsbeard seeds

And a song sparrow nest for three.

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Editorial Reviews

"The illustrations are superb...lushly beautiful and humorous at the same time."

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"A classic picture book in that its pictures can absolutely absorb a child while an adult reads aloud."

— Times Colonist
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About the Authors

Jan Andrews

Jan Andrews was the author of numerous books, including The Auction; Very Last First Time; Keri (nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award); To See the Stars; and When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew (winner of the Silver Birch Express Award). An acclaimed storyteller and author, in 2016 she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture as a children's writer and a pioneer of Canada's storytelling movement. She died in 2017.
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Susan R. Jolliffe

"Susan Rennick Jolliffe of Ottawa, Ontario alighted into the world of children's books after many years as a visual artist. She is known for her humorous and beautiful transformations of what most people consider junk."
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