Reviews for Year Full of Holidays

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
Five-year-old Nell wonders how she can wait for her August birthday to come around again. Her mother suggests keeping track of some special days in between, from Labor Day to the Fourth of July. Elya's sometimes-stumbling rhyme describes the holidays month by month. Bluthenthal's illustrations star a round-faced, smiling redhead with a flip 'do. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2010 April #2
Young children who are always looking forward to the next holiday (and the adults they pester) will appreciate this one, as long as they are white Americans of the basically Judeo-Christian variety. To bouncy rhyming verse, readers follow five-year-old Nell from her birthday in August (since August lacks a holiday), through each month's holidays and back again: Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day and the Fourth of July. Both the verses and Bluthenthal's colorful illustrations reflect a return to the Leave-It-to-Beaver idea of families--a Caucasian Christian family with a Mom, Dad and one child, with celebrations that include extended family and friends. They also represent the traditional activities that go with each holiday--a barbecue for Labor Day, dyeing eggs for Easter and a parade on the Fourth of July. Preschool and kindergarten teachers will find this a tool of limited utility, as they will have to look elsewhere for holidays outside the Christian tradition and for alternative-family arrangements. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 June

PreS-Gr 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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