MaiStoryBook Library: The 12 Days of Christmas by Greg Pizzoli + 12 Windows of Christmas Craft

Introducing this winter holiday themed children’s book classic *sing along*, featured  in this week’s MaiStoryBook Library Collection:

“The 12 Days of Christmas” by Greg Pizzoli

Book Synopsis and Review

This newly released children’s holiday book is based on the old-time classic, favorite Chritsmas carol~ the 12 days of Chirstmas! However, in this version, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, even though the lyric text is familiar and predictable, matching the original song, it’s the illustrations that transform this standard classic into a whole new experience! Pay close attention to the pictures, as Pizzoli tells a whole other story through his illustrations! Opening the song book with the pressing question *Is there a such thing as too many gifts?*, children will begin to consider, is it better to give many mediocre gifts, or one special, sentimental gift?

This read aloud can actually be treated more as a sing aloud sing along! The words are the lyrics to the original 12 days of Christmas song, so if your little one is familiar with the words, then definitely have them join in and sing along! Throughout this book, children will ultimately  laugh out loud with sympathy for the mama elephant, and *mischievous glee* of course, as the story-song unfolds, with each page progressively filling up fuller and fuller, packed with the animal gifts from the one-and-only, *true love.*

Vocabulary List

  • Partridge (p. 4) A brown bird
  • Turtle doves (p. 6) A dove with a soft sounding call, very loving toward its partner bird
  • Bulk (p. 14) a large amount
  • Leaping (p. 24) jumping really high
  • Pipers (p. 26) someone who makes music blowing a pipe

Themes/Main ideas

  • Giving is better than Receiving: Bringing joy and happiness to someone else gives you a wonderful feeling!
  • Quality over Quantity: One very special gift can be better than a lot of not-so-special gifts

YouTube Video: Guided Shared-Reading Read Aloud Example

Example of a shared-reading, interactive Read Aloud of “The 12 Days of Christmas” – how to subtly introduce the vocabulary list words within the text, ask guided questions, and spark conversation!

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12 Windows of Christmas Craft

*~ Christmas pageants~* Flashback to elementary school days with annual holiday pageants~ dressing up in our best attire, aka velvet dresses, satin bows, hair curled, and a dab of lipstick. With candles and mini lanterns sparkling in the dark night sky, we positioned ourselves on the high rises, staring out unto a sea of parents’ faces masked by camera lenses and washed out by camera flashes. I can hear the cue of the music and the instantaneous hush of the audience as all of us on stage took a deep breath to fill our lungs, and then on signal, opened our mouths to a wave of song and holiday cheer! I remember, as a child, I always thought of *The 12 Days of Christmas* as a “big” kid song ~ it seemed like such an admirable feat to be able to memorize all 12 days of the song! Too bad back then, I did not have a handy-dandy *reading/sing-along guide* to help me out! This week, blast the holiday tunes, and create a 12 windows of Christmas reading/singing guide with your own little one to help them recall all of the gifts the *true love* brought over to Elephant’s house. Prepare for an afternoon of Christmas carols and creativity *aka best combo ever!*


  • 2 red and 2 white pieces of construction paper
  • 1 green, 1 black, and 1 green piece of construction paper
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


  • Turn the red papers horizontal. Draw 2 rows of 3 windows (squares) on each piece of the red paper, so that there are 6 windows on each page, and 12 in total.
  • *Requires adult help* Cut along 3 edges of the windows, leaving the left edge of the red square attached ! ~ Important ~ make sure the left edge is still attached!
  • You should now have 12 window flaps.
  • Next, put glue around the red window paper along the edges, NOT on the window flaps, and then glue the red papers down onto the white paper.

  • Then, cut out 12 mini green circles to fit on the house windows.
  • Glue the green circles to the outside facing window flaps. Write numbers 1-12 on each flap successive flap.
  • Next, for the roof, cut out a black triangle. Measure the edge of the storyboard roofs so that they match up with the red house.  Glue the roof to the house.

  • Now, time to add in the drawings! Use the pages in the book to guide you as you draw in each set of characters for each of the 12 days of gifts.

Enjoy Your 12 Windows of Christmas Craft!

  • Reread/ re-sing the book with your new reading guide! Use the 12 Windows Craft to try and see if you can sing all twelve verses!
  • Prepare and perform a mini Christmas Carol *12 Days of Christmas* song recital for your family, and us this singing guide to hep you remember all 12 versus!
  • Have fun peering through the windows of the house, and seeing what new creatures were brought into the house each day!

*~Overall, have fun creating your own *12 Windows of Christmas*, and I hope you and your little ones enjoy these fun *Christmas caroling* crafts! Please comment below  – tag me on Instagram @MaiStoryBookLibrary  – or post on FaceBook to share your photos of your own *12 Windows of Christmas Craft* and your own reading adventures! I’d love to hear from you!~*

*Check Back on Next Friday for our New Reading Adventure*

*~Until next time, Happy Reading~*

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