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The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee

Written by Alice Faye Duncan and illustrated by Mary Uhles
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The Volunteer state is GREAT! When Carly visits her cousin Teddy in Tennessee for Christmas, she discovers how amazing it is. She hikes the Great Smoky Mountains, dances to bluegrass music, tastes Nashville’s famous hot chicken, and meets more than one Elvis Presley. Every day, Teddy gives her a special Tennessee gift, from 12 rockers rocking and 11 eagles nesting to a mockingbird in a tulip poplar tree.

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Who Wrote The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee

Alice Faye Duncan

Alice Faye Duncan is the author of several books, including the classic NAACP Award–nominated board book, Honey Baby Sugar Child, and Just Like a Mama. Ms. Duncan is a school librarian in Memphis, Tennessee, and conducts writing workshops for parents and educators. Her latest picture book, Memphis, Martin and the Mountaintop, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

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Who Illustrated The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee

Mary Uhles

Mary Reaves Uhles has created illustrations for numerous books and magazines. Her newest picture books include A TUBA CHRISTMAS (Sleeping Bear) and THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE (Sterling), both available Fall 2018. She has also illustrated THE LITTLE KID’S TABLE by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle (Sleeping Bear); KOOKY CRUMBS by J. Patrick Lewis (Kane Miller); and BEYOND THE GRAVE Choose Your Own Adventure Series by Dottie Enderle (ABDO Magic Wagon Press). Mary has twice been awarded the Grand Prize for Illustration from the SCBWI Midsouth Conference and her piece, EAT was a finalist in the 2014 SCBWI Bologna Book Fair Gallery. Prior to beginning her career as a freelance illustrator, Mary worked as an animator on projects for Warner Brothers and Fisher-Price Interactive. As Midsouth Illustrator Coordinator of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Mary lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Since creating characters and stories is her favorite thing in the world (even more than mocha fudge ice cream) she feels mighty lucky to do it every day in her hilltop studio.

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  • What guides or references did you use while creating the illustrations for this book?

    I tried to visit many of the places that Teddy and Carly visit in the book. My favorite place was the Lost Sea Cave in Sweetwater, TN. It’s a giant underground lake and what I learned about creating a scene underground is that it’s very DARK. I put the family in the boat looking up at the crystals that sparkle on the cave roof.

    By Mary Uhles (illustrator)

  • Are there any details of this book that you particularly love that readers should watch for?

    On day 12 the cousins visit Memphis, TN known for, of course, Elvis. Count them, there really are 12 Elvis (Elvi?) dancing on Beale Street

    By Mary Uhles (illustrator)

  • What was the hardest part about creating this book?

    On one of the final spreads Teddy and Carly see all of the creatures and characters they visit over the twelve days. That was a LOT of characters to get on one spread… and they are not small things, one of them is 7 trains choo-chooing! Fortunately for me I knew that there is a train bridge that crosses the Mississippi river in Memphis so I used that to my advantage… but you have to see the book to see how! Let’s just say there are some daredevil train riding Elvi and line and dancers…

    By Mary Uhles (illustrator)

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September 4, 2018