In preparing our list of Christmas books to share with others, we had to search far and wide to find this particular book. This is the book I've used for years when reading this story to my own children, passing on Tasha Tudor and other illustrators. Why?
With award winning illustrators, the illustrations provided by Douglas Gorsline are surely the best. They are quite colorful, and offer details little children love looking into...cats lie sleepily on the window sill, we see an overview of the town, the presents spilling from the open sack are intriguing and plentiful, and Jolly St. Nick is -- well, quite Jolly (as you can see by looking at the cover!)
The story is an "abridged version" - I'm not sure about other parents, but we read this on Christmas Eve, and we only have so much time and energy. Everything we remember from the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore is in this version. (In other words, don't be scared off by 'abridged'!)
A classic done simply!