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'Twas the Night Before Christmas Released in Chinese for the First Time in 189 Years by Awarding Winning Anti-Tobacco Activist


November 21, 2013 - VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

The tobacco epidemic and China according to recent studies:



-- Smoking could eventually kill a third of all young Chinese men -China
has the largest number of smoking-related deaths worldwide

-- 2,000 people in China every day die a tobacco-related death -Nearly 75%
of all Chinese men are smokers -The only big causes of premature death
that are growing rapidly are HIV and tobacco

-- 2/3 of Chinese people think smoking does not harm, 60% think it is not
linked to lung cancer and 96% do not think it is a cause of heart
disease.

This classic holiday poem was first published in a New York newspaper on December 23rd, 1823 and has been loved by readers of all ages ever since. This delightful poem is considered by many people to be the most famous poem ever written in the English language. This edition omitted the reference to Santa Claus smoking a pipe for the benefit of the youngest of readers to protect them from positive imagery of the most influential icon using tobacco products. This edition was the first to publish a smoke-free Santa. Resource Links, a children's literary journal gave it an "excellent" rating and the Midwest Book Review stated: The vibrantly colorful, friendly illustrations bring to life this wonderful read-aloud holiday storybook.

This edition won recognition in 2012-2013 by winning seven book awards, four Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, a gold medal at the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and a first place at the Global International Ebook Awards and a gold Mom's Choice Award in November 2013.Available in English, Spanish, French and Chinese. Available in hard cover and soft cover in English, hard cover in Spanish and French, and as interactive enhanced e-books. Soft toy Dasher available for 2013.

Contacts:
Grafton and Scratch Publishers
Pamela McColl
604 563-0055
Twitter: @twas4kids
publisher@twasthenightbeforechristmas.ca
www.twasthenightbeforechristmas.ca

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