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Summary: Sing along with Elmo as he creates his own lyrics for each of his twelve days of Christmas. This is a toddlerized version of a traditional holiday song.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Age of Child: Read with child at 2 years old, then read again at 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: This was an instant hit. Elmo's presence, combined with the lyrical words, made it an immediate draw.
Adult Reader Reaction: We've pulled this out two years in a row. Elmo books can be tiring, but this one is fun reading. It has the makings of a tongue twister in spots which gives it originality over the Christmas carol
Pros: If you know the original song, then it's easy to transition to this version.
Cons: None, really, unless you don't like "The Twelve Days of Christmas" or toddler books that challenge adults from time-to-time.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, but be prepared to read it a lot. You may only get two (maybe three years) out of it, but it can make for fun reading.