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  • Published: 7 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9780823445349
  • Imprint: Holiday House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

A Child's Calendar (20th Anniversary Edition)




Newly available in paperback, this 20th anniversary edition of a Caldecott Honor classic combines the star power of John Updike and Trina Schart Hyman.

Celebrate the little moments that make each month special in this beautiful picture book featuring twelve poems about a family and the turn of the seasons. From the short, frozen days of January, through the light of summer, to the first snowflakes of December, Updike's poems rejoices in the familiar, wondrous qualities that make each part of the year unique.

Hyman's award-winning paintings--modeled after her own daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren--depict an interracial family going about the business of their lives throughout the year: sledding in January, watching fireworks in July, and playing in the autumn leaves. Bold and colorful, they're filled with the intricate detail for which her art is famous-- including cameo appearances by the artist and her partner, Jean Aull.

Featuring a redesigned cover, the 20th Anniversary Edition of this inclusive Caldecott Honor book is a beautiful read-aloud to treasure throughout the year, with family and friends.

  • Published: 7 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9780823445349
  • Imprint: Holiday House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

About the author

John Updike

JOHN UPDIKE was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

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Praise for A Child's Calendar (20th Anniversary Edition)

"Updike's poetry and Hyman's glowing illustrations lovingly portray a year in the life of a child . . . in this gem."—School Library Journal, starred review "Each evocative illustration has its own story to tell, celebrating the small moments in children's lives with clarity and sensitivity, with empathy and joy.  A beautifully illustrated edition of Updike's poems for children."—Booklist "The language and illustrations are . . . vibrantly alive enough to keep young readers occupied through more than one reading."—Publishers Weekly "Updike's poems are sometimes pretty, sometimes playful, and always evocative, while Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations not only complement the verse, but add their own layers of meaning and wit. . . . A truly timeless book about time."—Bruce Handy, author of Wild Things

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