A YEAR FULL OF STORIES

366 DAYS OF STORY AND RHYME

A British import aimed squarely at the holiday gift market, with a 1998 full-color calendar on the inside of the dust jacket. For each day of the year, there is either a story (none longer than two pages, with room for copious illustration) or a poem (as short as three lines). The themes are cheerful and child-centered, running heavily to animals, the experiences of preschoolers, and seasonal and holiday themes; Independence Day is included, along with Bonfire Night (a.k.a. Guy Fawkes' Day), but Christmas is the only religious holiday mentioned or alluded to, in about half of the December selections. A few of the stories are retellings of folktales and fables, such as ``The Little Red Hen,'' ``The Teeny- Tiny Woman,'' and ``The Hare and the Tortoise.'' Over 200 of the entries are poems, including counting and alphabet rhymes, and the chief value of the volume is in the verse, though there's no index to help browsers locate favorites. The stories are too short to amount to a child's daily ration of reading, but may fill out odd moments here and there. (Anthology. 2-5)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1997

ISBN: 0-385-32527-4

Page Count: 264

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1997

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UP, DOWN, AND AROUND

Inside a colorful garden, some plants “grow up,” while others “grow down, and still others grow “around and around.” This catchy, rhyming refrain, with some variation, introduces children to an abundance of garden vegetables and legumes, including corn, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes, broccoli, beets, green beans, okra, onions and tomatoes, as well as the ambiguous pumpkin, and follows them from seed to plant to lunch. The different plants are shown sprouting under and above ground, and youngsters will delight in the bird- and mole’s-eye perspectives. Energetic watercolor-and-ink illustrations, inhabited by multiracial tots, a farmer, a scarecrow, friendly bugs, worms, crows, rabbits and, of course, a plethora of seeds, plants and produce, are a feast for the eyes and will whet children’s appetites for further knowledge—and for a very healthy lunch. An inviting introduction to the wonder of plants, food and gardening, this charming selection will be a favorite of teachers, students and home readers alike. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: April 1, 2007

ISBN: 0-7636-2378-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2007

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UMBRELLA

Momo longed to carry the blue umbrella and wear the bright red rubber boots she had been given on her third birthday. But day after day Indian summer continued. Momo tried to tell mother she needed to carry the umbrella to nursery school because the sunshine bothered her eyes. But Mother didn't let her use the umbrella then or when she said the wind bothered her. At last, though, rain fell on the city pavements and Momo carried her umbrella and wore her red boots to school. One feels the urgency of Momo's wish. The pictures are full of the city's moods and the child's joy in a rainy day.

Pub Date: March 1, 1958

ISBN: 978-0-14-050240-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Dec. 9, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1958

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