Linda Ashman

children's book author, mom, wife, writing instructor, animal lover, gardener, vegetarian . . .


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The Twelve Days of Christmas in Colorado

Illustrations ©2011 by Dawn Beacon. Sterling Children's Books.


"On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . .

twelve skiers swooshing, eleven horses prancing, ten covered wagons, nine woven baskets, eight dinos roaming, seven bats-a-napping, six frozen giants,


four grazing elk, three rail cars, two leaping sheep,
and a bunting in a spruce tree."

When my wonderful Sterling editor Meredith Mundy asked if I'd like to write the Colorado edition of this popular state-by-state holiday series, I didn't have to think about it very long. First of all, I always welcome the chance to work with Meredith, who is as smart and thoughtful as she is good-natured. Second, it seemed like a great way to learn about my adopted state.

Was it ever! For months, I had piles of Colorado books and maps stacked around my office while I accumulated pages and pages of notes about the state. It turned out to be quite a challenge to choose twelve "gifts" that would represent Colorado's character, history, and dramatic landscape -- there were so many possibilities! Fortunately, Meredith -- who was born and raised in Colorado -- offered lots of guidance here. As expected, it was a joy working with her. And what fun to see the book come to life through Dawn Beacon's lively and colorful illustrations!

I hope kids enjoy singing this version of the traditional Christmas song, and maybe even learn a few things about their state, as I did. Even better, I hope it inspires them to think about the things they love about Colorado, and to come up with their own versions of the song.

Illustrations ©2011 by Dawn Beacon. Sterling Children's Books.


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"Altogether delightful." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package." KIRKUS
"A memorable first skate by an irresistible imp." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Ashman's concept is both sophisticated and delightful." KIRKUS
"Beautifully crafted and satisfying." Starred Review, BOOKLIST
"Kids will love the colorful paintings while parents will appreciate that it's chock full of facts about the Centennial State." VAIL DAILY
A "lovely reverie on the joys of being alive and being loved." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"As pithy and clever as Ogden Nash at his best." Starred Review, KIRKUS
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"Ashman's poetic portraits are packed with lots of tasty assonance and alliteration." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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"The clever, rhyming text bounces along with perfect cadence." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A riotous adventure." HORN BOOK MAGAZINE
"Vibrant, playful text . . . excellent for storytimes." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A hilarious look at the world through the sharp eyes and nose of a dog." SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
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"Youngsters will find nothing but comfort in these pages." KIRKUS
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