cover image The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

Clement Clarke Moore. Dodd Mead, $0 (29pp) ISBN 978-0-396-08798-4

Moore's beloved Christmas Eve poem has been glowingly illustrated by Spowart, who portrays a bear family in the key roles of the nestled children, ""Mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap.'' Each scene is luminescent, as if lit by a crackling fire, or in the case of the wintry landscapes, by a silvery moon. The shy father bear peers over a stuffed chair while Santa works his magic; cozy stuffed animals spill across the page and angelbears hang from the tree. Bear fans and others will find this an enchanting ``new'' classic. (All ages