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Updike, John.
New York: Holiday House, 1999
IL K-3 RL 2.8
ISBN 0823414450
(2 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

What is your favorite holiday?  What are some of the fun things you like to do with your family?  Do you have special customs you do at certain holidays?  Read these simple children's poems that follow an entire calendar year.  The illustrations are wonderful in showing all of the holidays this family enjoys.  See if you can pick out your favorite holiday when you read "A Child's Calendar" by John Updike. (Karen Womack, graduate student,  <> )

Booktalk #2

Bring a calendar which has illustrations (flowers, nature or bucolic scenes).  I prefer Norman Rockwell.  First, I would show the pictures and ask them what month it occurs in.  I would go through the months with the children and ask them where holidays and seasons occur and get feedback on what they do in those months that make it fun. Finally, I would introduce the book and tell them it is about the months in the year and what people do during those months. ("Naomi Bates" <>)

SUBJECTS:      Months -- Poetry
                        American poetry
                        Seasons -- Poetry


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