Monday, November 23, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Minnesota

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Minnesota by Constance Van Hoven

This book sounds like the book is a silly parody. After all, what do you think of when you think of Minnesota? Well, perhaps snow. What else? The mind of this Texan draws a blank.

Using a twelve days of Christmas format, the author reveals there is much more to Minnesota than just snow. Like Norway pines. And hockey sticks. And lumberjacks. And walleyes. Lots more. Just so you know.

The pictures are bright and colorful. The text is written in the format of letters, making it very kid-friendly.

I can see that this is a book I’d love. If I lived in Minnesota.

And that's the point: It's a book written for those who live in Minnesota to bask in the wonders of the state. There are apparently plans for books for every state.

A sample:
“Hey, Mom and Dad,
We went up north to the lake! That’s what Minnesotans say when they head out to one of the more than 10,000 lakes in the state. The most common lake names? Mud and Long. There are hundreds of those. There are lots of Twin Lakes, too, but only one Lake Hannah and two Lake Sarahs….”


  1. that sounds adorable. when the series is completed it would make good learning aids or fun things to share with kids to teach them about other parts of the country.

  2. I actually have some friends who live in Minnesota with little children and would love this book! Thanks for sharing, it sounds delightful!

  3. Yes, it is a book for Minnesotans, but I enjoyed it.


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