From School Library Journal
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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