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A Child's Calendar by John Updike
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A Child’s Calendar, poems by John Updike, Is a beautiful collection of poems describing each month of a calendar year. Through imagery and rhyme Updike captures the essence and special qualities that are unique to each month, reminding us of that each has special joys to celebrate. The illustrations in this book are equally beautiful and expressive. The artwork is colorful and the scenes and people created by the illustrator enrich the author’s words making these poems even more enjoyable. I listened to the audio version of this book which was narrated by the author. I enjoyed hearing the author’s voice and his interpretation of the poems that he had written. Along with his voice, the recording had music and various sound effects that enhanced the author’s words and helped to bring the poems to life. I would recommend this book and audio for grades K-4. It would be a great addition to a poetry unit as a mentor text for writing and reading rhyming poetry. It would also be fun to read this book poem by poem throughout the school year. Each month’s poem could serve as a journal writing prompt where students reflect upon their own personal feelings and ideas about what each month means to them. Another book of rhyming poetry I would recommend is Winter Poems by Barbara Rogasky. This book uses the same illustrator, Trina Schart Hyman and focuses on poems that have a winter theme.
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message 1: by Q_Ayana (new)

Q_Ayana Since I was young, I have always enjoyed listening to poetry being read aloud. Although I understand that poetry can be interpreted in many ways, sometimes I find it hard to read the poetry how the author intends for it to be read. From the poetry books that I read, the ones with an audio version to allow for read-along opportunities were highly-enhanced by the reader’s (usually the author) interpretation, bringing the poem to life. I’m interested in listening to this one too.


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