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The Twelve Days of Christmas in Washington, D.C. by Candice Ransom and Illustrated by Sarah Hollander

Published by Sterling Children’s Books

Pages: 32

Ages: 5 and up.

Publishers Summary: Christmas in the nation’s capital is marvelous-and Olivia’s getting to see it all, from the gorgeous trees sparkling near the White House to the fabulous Sculpture Garden where she and cousin James ice skate on the frozen fountain surrounded by statues. And of course, there are plenty of monuments, memorials, and museums-like the amazing Smithsonian, with the ruby-red slippers from The Wizard of Oz-and adorable pandas in the zoo, too!

Olivia’s cousin, James, has invited her on a whirlwind trip and tour of our nations capital, Washington D.C. It also just so happens to be Christmas time. Taking advantage of the elaborate festivities of that time of year James shows Olivia everything from panda bears to ruby slippers to the 50 plus Christmas trees near the White House lawn. It’s an amazing spectacle to see and Olivia makes sure to write her parents about every wonderful stop along her trip.

This is truly a delightful book. You are probably wondering how this could even be remotely interesting to someone who lives on the other side of the continent. Well, besides the fact that’s it’s incredible to learn about all the wonderful happenings in Washington, D.C. we also only recently moved from that area of the country. Just under two years ago we were able to visit the capital city fairly frequently. I’m happy to say that throughout the book I recognized most every spot Olivia stops at, but there were still a couple we hadn’t managed to visit. There’s always time to go back, right?

Detailed through the telling of the classic Twelve Days of Christmas, as well as through letters from Olivia back to her parents, this isn’t just a simple Christmas story, but one that will get even older readers interested in a visit. Featuring many of the capital’s prime visit spots as well as a few rarely talked about features like Lafayette Park, this is a book that contains a bit of a history lesson in a very fun way. Perfect for kids and history buffs of all ages, especially at this festive time of year!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 5 and up. A bit of history with the festivities of the holidays mixed in, perfect for older readers as well as those young at heart.


Thanks to Sterling Children’s Books I have one copy of The Twelve Days of Christmas in Washington, D.C. to giveaway to There’s A Book Readers! Thank you!

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4 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: The Twelve Days of Christmas in Washington D.C. by Candice Ransom

  1. Gina says:

    Oh this sounds like a wonderful little book plus a great way to “visit” our nations capital without ever leaving your favorite reading spot! Wonderful post…thanks for sharing!

  2. My wife and I love Washington DC, but have never been there during Christmastime. We can’t wait to take our children when they get a little older. This sounds like a great Christmas book.

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