"Whatever you are on your birthday, you were never
that old before, you will never be that
young again." These wise words from poet Beatrice Schenk de Regniers help explain why Lee Bennett Hopkins and Hilary Knight decided that a book should be devoted to the celebration of this momentous occasion in everyone's life. It's special. It's important. It's fun. And this little book embraces every aspect of the big day, from party invitations to cake to pinning the tail on the donkey to making a birthday wish. With help from such luminaries as Dr. Seuss, Nancy White Carlstrom, Myra Cohn Livingston, and none other than William Shakespeare (whose birthday was April 23, we learn from the list of famous birthdays on the inside cover), this collection of birthday verses will delight every birthday boy or girl. Hilary Knight's familiar style (as seen in Eloise
, of course!) graces the pages with lighthearted playfulness. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Unlike these collaborators' recent Side by Side, this small picture book is really two volumes in one: an extended collection of verse, accompanied by a wordless depiction of a boy's activities on his birthday. Knight cleverly interweaves the disparate poems with the day-long festivities: the gift of a mouse from the boy's brother, a party where his friends play pin the tail on the donkey. Although the illustrations are full of humor and characteristic elan, these lackluster, greeting card-like verses offer little charm or wordplay. Nevertheless, the book may satisfy those looking for an unusual birthday greeting. Ages 3-7.
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