- Age Range: 6 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 7
- Hardcover: 56 pages
- Publisher: Lee & Low Books (May 15, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620141620
- ISBN-13: 978-1620141625
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World Hardcover – May 15, 2018
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This celebration of new year celebrations around the world is itself worth celebrating. Readers must turn the book on its side to enjoy the wall-calendar dimensions of each spread, all of which feature a short, gently-rhyming poem told from an individual child s point of view about commemorations from Times Square to Chile, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Jordan, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, and Thailand. They re organized chronologically across the Gregorian calendar, as a piece about Wep Ronpet (as marked in Ancient Egypt and now some U.S. communities) explains: "Everyone believes in a different beginning. / The Year may start for me, for you, anew in January, April, May, / or in some other month, on some other day. . . . But what is true and what is clear is that all of us hope for a luminous year." The collage illustrations using paper sourced from across the globe are spectacular, with culturally distinctive elements yet a consistent style, and the back matter is stellar and solid, with additional information, pronunciations, a map, and thorough source notes. This complete package is an illuminating and respectful appreciation of both our global uniqueness and our commonality. --Starred review, Booklist
Fittingly taking the shape of a calendar, this graceful grouping of more than a dozen poems showcases new year celebrations, both secular and religious, from across the globe and throughout the year. Lines from "Smashing the Pots," about the Kemetic holiday of Wep Ronpet, crystallize the book s intent: "Everyone believes in a different beginning./ But what is true and what is clear/ is that all of us hope for a luminous year." The poems are framed by calendar-style grids filled with thematic collage elements, and dramatic scenes of shared meals (for Nowruz in Iran), flying kites (for Matariki in New Zealand), and other festivities appear in the main images above. Closing notes thoroughly explore the holidays Singer introduces, closing out a lovely collection that both looks back at tradition and forward to new beginnings, wherever one might live. --Starred review, Publishers Weekly
About the Author
MARILYN SINGER is the author of more than one hundred children's and young adult books in a variety of genres, including many poetry collections. Singer was the 2015 winner of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award. Honors her books have won include the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor, Parents' Choice Award, Children's Choice Award, and Notables from ALA, NCSS, NCTE, and NSTA. Singer and her husband live in Brooklyn, New York, and Connecticut.
SUSAN L. ROTH s vibrant mixed-media collage illustrations have appeared in numerous outstanding picture books, including Parrots Over Puerto Rico, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal; Prairie Dog Song; The Mangrove Tree; and most recently Every Month Is a New Year and Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words. Roth and her husband live in New York. Visit her online at susanlroth.com.