"Anyone who does not laugh at that ending needs a heaping helping of Christmas spirit"—Infodad
Charley Harper did not create his A Partridge in a Pear Tree
with the intention of having it published. The artist—perhaps with his wife, Edie, also an artist—created the fun little book for his family. A playful riff on the traditional Yuletide carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas," Partridge
is the kind of whimsy an artist dashes off while relaxing around the fireplace—and that's the beauty of it. With its pastel sketches and humorous text, this sweet take on a holiday classic provides an intimate look at Harper's fun-loving personality.About the Author
Raised on a farm in the wildlife-filled hills of West Virginia, Harper (American, 1922–2007) turned his lifelong passion for Earth's creatures into a legendary career in art.
Deftly using simple geometric shapes and gentle humor to capture an animal's essential traits, he delighted readers of Ford Times
and many other publications with his illustrations. He also shared his love of our feathered, furry, and fishy friends in posters for the National Park Service and numerous conservation organizations.