JANUARY’S CHILD by Andrea Alban Gosline


The Birthday Month Book
Age Range: 0 - 4
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Gosline and Bossi’s latest collaboration is an ideal gift for a newborn. Devoting one spread to each month of the year, Gosline outlines some of the personality traits associated with children born in that month, and uses similes to help children understand how those traits will affect the people around them. “May’s child is merry, amusing, and free, / gathering love like a large family. / You are happy as spring in a meadow row, / bringing your light wherever you go.” On facing pages, Bossi’s jewel-tone illustrations capture those traits in animal form, along with a final couplet listing more traits. For April: “I am thoughtful. I stretch. I float. I create. / I am open. I hope. I honor. I wait.” Much like astrology and the “Monday’s child is fair of face” poem, this is not one-size-fits-all, but it could be a fun stepping stone to talking with children about their own personality, comparing what suits them and what does not. The gentle rhymes and luminous artwork reminiscent of Helen Ward will soothe even the most difficult of personalities, making this a good bedtime choice. (Picture book. 0-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-439-67268-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2006