The Night Before A Canadian Christmas

The Night Before A Canadian Christmas

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Laugh out loud at all the Canadian references in this hilarious version of the night before Christmas. There are children in long johns snug in their beds while visions of poutine dance in their heads, and Santa replaces his reindeer with a team of beavers with names like Gretzky, Trudeau, Loonie and Toonie.
Publisher: [Victoria, B.C.] : Polyglot Pub., c2011.
ISBN: 9780986889226
0986889229
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Harrington, Jennifer 1973-

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SPL_Kids Dec 17, 2012

Mom and Dad, dressed in their housecoats, are watching a hockey game on CBC Television and the children, wearing long johns, are snug in their beds.

It isn’t just any quiet winter evening in Canada, however …

“Twas the night before Christmas and all around the house, not a creature was stirring, except for a moose … When the lights had been hung in the front yard with care, no one had expected a moose to pass there!”

The hapless moose becomes tangled in the strings of lights and manages to entangle the skidoo as well. After a minute, it flees the scene, taking both the skidoo and the lights with it.

Mom and Dad soon have a bigger surprise, however, for a large sled pulled by eight flying beavers and driven by an old gentleman in a red tuque hurtles from the sky, faster than an oncoming CPR train. It’s Santa, of course, who has dramatically updated his wardrobe to a Don Cherry-like outfit - which has even the beavers hiding their eyes!

Avoiding the chimney (it’s cold, so a fire has been lit in the fireplace), he enters from the back door, accepts a warm “double-double” instead of a glass of milk, and sets to work filling Christmas stockings.

In no time at all, his eyes twinkling, Santa is finished and steps back out into the chilly night. He discovers that his beavers, led by the “Eager Beaver” duo, Trudeau and Gretzky, are having a snowball fight.

There’s no time to waste though, so the beavers quickly leave the snowballs, take their places at the front of the sled and fly off through the Northern Lights.

Just before Santa disappears from view, he shouts out, “MERRY CHRISTMAS CANADA, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT – EH!!”

This engaging picture book was written by Troy Townsin and illustrated by Jennifer Harrington, the team which also created Canadian Jingle Bells, in which Santa travels across Canada to deliver gifts to each province and territory on Christmas Eve.

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Liber_vermis
Dec 18, 2011

Cute but lacking shelf-life.

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SPL_Kids Dec 17, 2012

SPL_Kids thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 8

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