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Book Title: A Child's Calendar|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.88 MB
v The author of the book: John Updike
Edition: Holiday House
Date of issue: September 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9780823417667
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Read full description of the books A Child's Calendar:This collection of modern-day poems convey the experiences of one year, with one poem for each month. Written skillfully in a gentle rhyming rhythm, and full of tactile, aesthetic details that will resonate with children, this is a fine way to observe the turning of the calendar's pages. Some children have difficulty with the compressed meaning of well-written poetry, but Trina Schart Hyman's award-winning artwork helps supply visual interest while interpreting the poetry so that younger listeners can understand the sense of each poem. Her pictures feature a secure, loving interracial family in scenes which are richly beautiful, yet candid enough to be approachable.
Some parents will wish to be alerted that the month for October features a traditional trick-or-treating scene, with children dressed as monsters and witches, and cheerful jack-o-lanterns lighting a wooden front porch. On the December page, some parents will be disappointed that the holiday scene features a small Santa Claus but no creche, and the "miracle" the shepherds and kings await is explained to be "another year" rather than the Christ child. Similarly, July's Independence Day celebration contains no historical background: the fireworks and parade "makes us think/ of hot dogs, fries,/ and Coke to drink." One might expect that such significant celebrations would evoke more serious reflections, but the focus is on concrete details of each experience, leaving interpretation to others.
The book is not transcendent in its mood, but it is especially good at capturing the details of life on earth. It's best suited for an elementary audience.
Read information about the authorJohn Hoyer Updike was an American writer. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered). Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike. Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class," Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, having published 22 novels and more than a dozen short story collections as well as poetry, literary criticism and children's books. Hundreds of his stories, reviews, and poems have appeared in The New Yorker since the 1950s. His works often explore sex, faith, and death, and their inter-relationships.
He died of lung cancer at age 76.
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