A Child's Calendar
By Sharon Asta,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Traditional pastimes are linked to the 12 months.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing here to raise any alarm bells. Vivid verse told in a child's voice pulls readers into a family's everyday life, and the lively illustrations will prompt discussion between parents and their kids. That said, the language will probably appeal more to older children than younger readers.
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What's the Story?
Come along for a feel-good romp! Traditional, family-oriented pastimes are linked to the twelve months of the year, as a multiracial cast frolics together. A child's lyrical voice tells the tale, and natural-hued illustrations sparkle with action. Simple but descriptive metaphors enrich the reader's vocabulary and imagination, making this a good book for both parents and children.
Is It Any Good?
This gentle story won't have children howling with laughter, but exclamation-marked sentences, repetitive sounds, and rhyming words make for animated reading. For example, kids wiggle their fingers to imitate the movement of "snipping, snipping" scissors. Older readers will also gain confidence from reading and enjoying a book in this overlooked genre, discovering a world of rich language often skimmed over in the classroom.
A Child's Calendar provides an excellent opportunity for discussions of metaphors and how words build mood and movement in a story, and of the similarities and differences in behaviors and customs of people living in various parts of the country.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether the family pictured in the book is one they can relate to. Are the seasons in the book different than the seasons you experience where you live? How so? What types of activities does the family in the book do that you do with your own family? What types of activities does the family in the book do that you don't do with your own family? Are there any activities in the book that you've never done with your family before but might want to try?
- Author: John Updike
- Illustrator: Trina Schart Hyman
- Genre: Words
- Book type: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: Holiday House
- Publication date: January 1, 1999
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
- Number of pages: 32
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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