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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; First Edition edition (May 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039923733X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399237331
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 2—Young Nell celebrates her August birthday and that night, she asks, "When'll my birthday come back?" "The holidays," said Mom," will help you keep track." Thus begins a year's worth of days that the child and her family celebrate. Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc., are accompanied by rhyming couplets that describe how the holiday is observed. A multicultural cast of characters in Nell's community takes part in the festivities, helping to make them joyful celebrations. Though Nell's family doesn't observe every holiday—for example, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and Passover aren't included—the months bring other special days that will pertain to all readers, such as Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July. Cheerful, bright-hued colored-pencil illustrations add much to this pleasing and lively book about happy, memory-making occasions. What's not to like?—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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More About the Author

Susan Middleton Elya grew up near Des Moines, Iowa, went to college 35 miles away, and then left her state to teach in the middle-of-nowhere Nebraska. She wanted to teach 3rd grade but ended up teaching high school Spanish instead (due to her double degree from Iowa State University). After 8.5 years of teaching in the Midwest, she moved to San Diego to get married and ended up teaching Spanish to native speakers in Ramona, California. Then a move with her husband to the Bay Area left her jobless, with a new baby, and with plenty of time to write. She started submitting stories for publication in 1988 and finally struck gold with Say Hola to Spanish, a nonfiction picture book from Lee & Low, in 1994. Now, 26 titles later, Elya is working on novels, as well. She has two grown children and one nearly-grown child, and still loves to make up stories, do school visits, and remember what it was like to be a kid. She also has an antiques and book store in Danville, California, where she sells autographed copies of her books. Check it out at www.thepolkadotattic.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teach Them Well on May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"A Year Full of Holidays" is a terrific tool for parents, caregivers, and teachers alike to teach kids (and help them remember!) the months of the year, and holidays attributed to them.

Nell, the main character, celebrates her 5th birthday at the start of the story. Wondering (already) when her birthday will return again, Nell's mother suggests that they follow the passage of time by tracking the months and holidays that go by within them.... until she reaches her 6th birthday at the end of the story.

I remember when I was young, we had to learn the months of the year by rote memorization. Everyday at school in both kindergarten and first grade, a student in the class was picked by the teacher to stand up in front, point at the calendar with a sort of big fancy fairy wand, and recite the months on the calendar one by one, while the rest of the students followed along. After the excitement of getting picked to hold the fancy wand wore off (within a few short weeks), it got real boring, real fast. However, it's easy to see where a book like this, set to a galloping rhyme, has its place on a classroom bookshelf and would be really fun to read aloud at story-time.

The arrangement of this picture book conveniently covers (98% of the time) one month on each page, so it lends itself to a perfect opportunity: Teachers or parents could make a game out of it, by cueing children to guess the upcoming month (and/or holiday) that is to be found on the next page, before turning it. That would be a much more fun way to reinforce the learning, compared to what I grew up with.

The artwork is colorful and cheerful. The characters are depicted in varying ages, generations and skin tones, but without categorizing or stereotyping.
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By misskris on February 5, 2014
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This book does a great job in explaining what different holidays we have and in what order. It talked about most of the American holidays, but I found it interesting that it skipped Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents' Day. Still, it was a good introduction for kindergarteners about how to keep track of what order the holidays come in. Story is told in fun rhyme. Illustrations are cute, but not great.
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