Kirkus Reviews QR Code
DAYS TO CELEBRATE by Lee Bennett Hopkins Kirkus Star


A Full Year of Poetry, People, Holidays, History, Fascinating Facts, and More

by Lee Bennett Hopkins & illustrated by Stephen Alcorn

Age Range: 7 - 12

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-06-000765-6
Publisher: Greenwillow

The latest offering from distinguished poet and anthologist Hopkins celebrates each day of the year in a glorious mélange of facts, quotes, and poetry from the best poets, new and old. Every month receives a double-paged calendar spread, with a fact box describing the month’s flower, birthstone, zodiac sign, and the origin of its name, and each date on the calendar shows important inventions, birth dates of poets, artists, and influential people, historical happenings and a most unusual weather fact. Hopkins includes six to eight pages of poems that relate in some way to each month, along with facts about those whose birthdays are featured. The poems for February, for instance, include works by Langston Hughes, Mother Goose, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Joyce Carol Thomas, and topics include groundhogs, the weather, rainy days, and Marian Anderson. Alcorn’s watercolor-and-ink illustrations are bright and whimsical, based on the style found in old almanacs. There is much to share in this splendid volume—a must-have for every collection. (Poetry/nonfiction. 7-12)