A CHILD'S CALENDAR by John Updike

A CHILD'S CALENDAR

Age Range: 6 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Updike has revised a set of 12 short poems, one per month, first published in 1965, and Hyman’s busy, finely detailed scenes replace the original edition’s illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. The verses are written in a child’s voice—“The chickadees/Grow plump on seed/That Mother pours/Where they can feed”—and commemorate seasonal weather, flowers, food, and holidays. In the paintings a multiracial, all-ages cast does the same in comfortable, semi-rural New England surroundings, sitting at a table cutting out paper hearts, wading through reeds with a net under a frog’s watchful eye, picnicking, contemplating a leafless tree outside for “November” and a decorated one inside for “December.” The thoughts and language are slightly elevated but not beyond the ken of children, and the pictures enrich the poetry with specific, often amusing, incidents. (Poetry. 6-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1999
ISBN: 0-8234-1445-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1999




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