Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Teachers' Night Before Christmas (Night Before Christmas) by Steven L. Layne (Illustrations), Clement C. Moore


Title: The Teachers' Night Before Christmas
Author: Steven L. Layne
Illustrator: Clement C. Moore
Published: Sept. 30, 2001
Publisher: Pelican Press
Pages: 32
Review: library book
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
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What do excited students, craft projects, room mothers, nursing home visits, harried shopping, and near-disastrous pageants have in common? They are all a part of a teacher's pre-Christmas experience. In this energetic romp through a school's last days before the Christmas break, the students are full of energy and are up to all manners of mischief. The teachers are pulling out their hair trying to keep the students busy, while they despair over their own Christmas preparations.
Who should come to the rescue? Santa himself, of course! He arrives at the helm of a flying school bus, with presents for all the teachers and a promise to take care of their shopping for them. The fantastic illustrations work with the text to make this a fast-paced, high-energy comedic interpretation of Clement C. Moore's classic poem. The book is sure to be a read-aloud favorite at Christmas parties in schools everywhere.

This was another library book that I thought would be fun to read to A. It was a whole lot better than the Librarian's Before Christmas which was by another author. 
In this story we see how much is happening during the school time as everyone gets ready for Christmas. The teachers are so busy they go shopping at the last minute, bless their hears! 
It is a nice spin to the Night Before Christmas book, and a bit funny! 
I so need to find out what 10 minute wreath the parents did so I can do that project with my kiddos!
Great for a December read!

Award-winning author and educator Steven L. Layne is the director of the Master of Education in Literacy program at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he is also a professor of literacy education. He is a respected literacy consultant, motivational keynote speaker, and featured author at conferences and literary events worldwide. He lives with his wife and children in Saint Charles, Illinois.

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