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Around the Year Hardcover – June 1, 1988

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'This is a new mini edition of Elsa Beskow's classic picture book. In wonderful rhyming verse, children can journey through the months ... There are also verses for the hours of the day and the days of the week, all of which are beautifully illustrated. Fun to read either together, or as a group.' -- Creative Steps magazine, Nov/Dec 2008 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953), born Elsa Maartman in Stockholm, was a pioneering author and illustrator of children's books in Sweden―perhaps the best known of all Swedish children's book artists. Her books were inspired by her own childhood experiences, as well as those of her six children. Central themes were the relationships between children and adults and children's independent initiative. Her books are continually reprinted, and many have become classics. She also illustrated ABC books and songbooks for Swedish schools.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (June 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863150756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863150753
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 12.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book. There is a poem on one page, and a full color picture to go with it on the opposite page. The book begins whith the "30 Days Hath September" poem, and a couple of shorter poems, and finally gets to what I consider the meat of the book- her poems for each month of the year. She has written one poem for each month. They are rather long for young children, but most will sit through a line or two and they will love looking at the pictures, and that will gradually increase their interest in listening to the poem. What a beautiful way to introduce the months of the year to a small child. And for those parents looking for seasonal/monthly poems to read with their children, these are wonderful. The book was originally published in 1927, and the drawings/paintings are of an older style than many of the newer books available. This particular reprinting is well done, with a cloth reinforced binding and a good quality medium weighted paper for the pages. The colors are lovely and the pictures are appealing to children (well, to mine at least).
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Format: Hardcover
We love all of her books and buy them 1 at a time as we can afford them. In an age of big in your face pop up books and childrens books that make your eyes hurt these books are a wonderful find. As always the illustrations are beautiful - this particular book I would love to get a duplicate and frame the pictures. I read all the reviews first but few had actual specifics about the actual invdividual stories, so that's what I've done here. I hope it helps others know what wonderful books they are. I wish they were easier to find in Canada.

Anyhow this book is all poems :

the Thirty days has september poem, The months poem, january begins the year, february is next... etc. Then the hours poem- WE LOVE THIS ONE... One and two are walking, three and four are playing, five and six are eating... etc. Then there is The Days of the week poem, my now 4 yr old knows this one by heart... Tell me what you do all day? busy I am but listen pray. Monday is my milking day, Tuesday skimming off the cream, etc. Then the rest of the book is a poem about each month and with a black and white drawing with it on the same page and then on the opposit page a full BEAUTIFUl drawing to with it as well. Absolutely awesome!!!
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By britneyxyz on December 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a classic children's book. The poems by Elsa Beskow are beautiful. The drawings portray the seasons and the personalities of the characters pictured - down to the very last little plant. This is a perfect book for education - seasons, months, weather for younger children and flower naming, words and prose for older children. This book is a collection of poems, not a story book. I enjoy this book, as do my children.
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Format: Hardcover
I wish at least one of the other reviewers would have mentioned all of the religious references in this book. I was looking for a book that illustrates the changes of the season and helped my child gain appreciation for the beauty of the natural world. I guess I have to keep looking.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a book of poems for children written in the early twentiety century. There is one poem for each month of the year. The illustrations are beautiful, with wonderful color and detail. The illustrations reflect their time period with clothing details, etc... Adults and children will enjoy this charming book.
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Format: Hardcover
I love Elsa's book and was unsure what the "mini edition" of this book would be. It is very small and difficult for my 5 year old to read the small words. Wish there was a regular sized option of this book!
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By AmandaR on August 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I parent somewhere hovering the crunchy granola / mainstream line. This book is cute, but basically just looks like the run of the mill crunchy kids book. The story is meh, nothing really grabbing. Waldorf parents swear by this book, but I think there are better, cuter books about the seasons.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a mini-edition, and it is not labeled here as such. I wanted the very large book I saw at my daughter's school, and this one is TINY. Good for travel, but may not be the size you'd would prefer.
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