Calendar by Myra Cohn Livingston, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand.

This simple book that follows the months of the year offers just a line per page making it perfect for young children.  Livingston has created a poem that sings along the year and has a mix of both traditional and surprising touches.  Some of the surprising touches will get readers to look more closely at the illustrations and others will have readers smiling with pleasure and agreement. 

Hillenbrand’s illustrations have a mix of collage and painting.  They are bold, bright and will project well to a group.  The first page “January shivers” is evocative of Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day with its child in red on a snowy background.  Even the collage technique evokes Keats’ art.  Many of the illustrations have a sense of motion and joy.  There is a playfulness but also an art to the illustrations. 

Recommended when doing calendars with children in preschool and kindergarten, this book will get children thinking of what they enjoy about the different months of the year. 

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