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What a Year!: A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book

(26 Fairmount Avenue #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  33 reviews
The year 1940 is a very big year for Tomie-it's the start of first grade, and it's his first birthday in the new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue. It's also the first year that Tomie gets to go trick-or-treating with his older brother, Buddy. Then the holidays arrive, and Tomie has a part in the Christmas play. This Christmas is going to be great! But disaster strikes when Tom ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published July 23rd 2003 by Puffin Books (first published 2002)
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Margaret
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe it! Tomie dePaola was the same thing for Halloween in first grade as I was probably 16 years later.
Erin
Tomie dePaola is delightful, and his childhood is just full of warm and fuzzy moments. This episode continues his First Grade year, including his birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, chicken pox, Christmas, and New Years. I think my favorite tidbit from this one is the fact that Thanksgiving changed from the fourth Thursday to the third Thursday, causing quite a stir. You can also follow the release of Disney movies into the popular culture via this series. An earlier episode introduces Snow White ...more
Agnes
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, youth
Book 4, wrapping up 1940. I loved the food descriptions in this one, including shredded wheat with hot milk (shredded wheat with pat of butter on top, sprinkled with sugar, hot milk poured over the top), and pop-eyes (slice of bread with a circle cut out of the middle, fried in butter, with an egg cracked into the hole - making this tomorrow morning!). Also liked the craft idea to place colorful fall leaves between sheets of waxed paper, then a layer of brown paper, then ironing it on both sides ...more
Rubi
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a more flowing story than the others in the series as Tomie focused on his birthday and the end of the year celebrations. The family birthday traditions were cute to read about and it cracked me up when he dressed as a girl for Halloween just for the sake of more candy. Kids are so funny, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short chapter book and totally recommend it to both dePaola fans and others
Sarah
Tomie tells about the end of 1940, when he was in kindergarten.

Highlights by third grader:
He got chicken pox
He was in the Christmas recital for his class
He dressed up as snow white for Halloween and his brother dressed up like the wicked witch
He saw Pinocchio in the theater on Thanksgiving
He got to cook his favorite breakfast, Pop-eye, for his birthday
Tatiana
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This should have been called What a Year of Holidays! Tomie's 6th birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's. Each celebration offered a quaint look into the dePaola family, as is the usual for this series. They sure lived a charmed life--it seems like a fairy tale when compared with today's world.
Kailia
I've enjoyed these stories a lot more than I thought I would. As these stories are based on the author's life and are narrated by him, I really liked the way the story was told. I liked hearing all the antics and memories Tomie dePaola had. This was a really great way for me to be introduced to this author and his work.
Sherica
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook with my son. This was our favorite. Tomie does things my son does, but in 1930s things were looked at differently- better. I hope my son feels he's not alone.
Paige Soule
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love this series. Paints quite the picture of a boys recollections during that time period.
Miss Sarah
An in-depth autobiography of the four to six year's of the life of children's author Tomie Depaolo. lively, interesting and truthful. funny and for intermediate elementary readers.
Deb
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I love tomie de Paola. It was fun to read this kids chapter book and remember my childhood of reading so many of the books written and illustrated by him. I love his illustrations!
Andrus Boys
These were lovable, laughable and great stories
Kristine
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
The kids and I loved listening to this series of Tomie dePaola’s childhood read by the author. He’s so engaging.
Erin
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another delightful read in this series.
Patricia
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth installment in the 26 Fairmount Avenue series. In this book Tomie turned 6 years old with a party at school. I love all of the details he remembers and recounts about his birthday. His family showered him with love and attention. The first four chapters are all about his birthday. Tomie's birthday is September 15th. (He turns 80 this year!) The rest of the book recounted Halloween (he dressed up as Snow White that year, and his brother, Buddy, went as the Wicked Witch), Thanks ...more
Josiah
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is wonderful, wonderful stuff here! I hope that no one is missing out on these fantastically charming stories of Tomie dePaola's because they dismiss the books out of hand for their brevity. Rarely have I come across stories that contained such delightful charm at every turn the way that the 26 Fairmount Avenue books do.

What a Year takes us through the remainder of Tomie's adventurous year of 1940, when his family has moved into a new house and his new baby sister become frighteningly ill
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Luann
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
In this fourth book in Tomie dePaola's autiobiographical series, young Tomie is in first grade. For his birthday he gets to have a party at school. I remember how important birthdays were in first grade! My teacher had a birthday song on a record that the class listened to every time it was someone's birthday. The birthday student got to choose one friend to stand with them and watch the record spin round as it played. Although I don't remember getting to watch the record on my birthday. I wonde ...more
Jimmy Navy
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: lagi-dipinjam
Ini buku ketemu di tumpukan buku-buku bekas Pasar Senen.

When Tomie’s age turned to six, he experienced many wonderful things in a year. And, he wrote those wonderful things on his very own new diary, given by his grandmother as a Christmas present.

Here is what Tomie wrote:

December 31, 1940 NEW YEAR’S EVE

Dear Diary,

Here are some important things that happened this year.
Moving into the new house
My baby sister Maureen is born
Maureen going to the hospital, but getting better
Dancing in Miss Leah’s
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Doreen
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Tomie gets to have his sixth birthday party at school, the Friday before his actual birthday. He has a fun surprise birthday party on Sunday, at Nana's in Wallingford. The book includes his and Buddy's Halloween trick-or-treating, as well as Christmas and New Year's Eve.

It's fun how Tomie makes out his 'three' Christmas lists...one for gifts he will give, one for gifts he would like from family, and one specifically for Santa! AND...Tomie being Tomie, you just KNOW that he tries to stay awake t
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Katie Fitzgerald
What a Year! brings the year 1940 to a close, as Tomie celebrates his September 15th birthday, goes trick-or-treating as Snow White, and becomes ill with the chicken pox just before Christmas. Despite the historical setting, the holiday celebrations are something to which most contemporary kids can relate, and the details of celebrating these holidays at home and at school even brought back memories for me of my 1980s early childhood. This book would be a perfect Fall read-aloud for families to ...more
Amber Graves
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This would be a good book to get an idea of different cultures and to see examples of what some people do for traditions. Throughout the book, Tomie is highlighting the big events of one of his childhood years. Therefore it tells his family's traditions and customs. He had received a journal at the end of that year and so these events were written for him since he was a child.
momma.hailey
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Today we finished books 1-4 on audiobook! The author reading his own childhood biography was tremendous, and he knows exactly the details that children want to hear about. My children (8,5,4,2) were disappointed when it was over. Derek and I equally enjoyed this series and would read it again.
Melissa
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this sweet memoir of one of our favorite authors. He is close to my dad's age, so it was fun to read aloud with my children and think about our grandpap. It was especially nice to read with Anthony as the character in the book celebrates his sixth birthday,and Anthony is just about to celebrate his. We all agreed we'd like to read the others in the series.
Tracie
Nov 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Elem.
Shelves: elem, historical
A sweet, funny memoir of the author's childhood which covers Halloween and Christmas.
PWRL
Jan 16, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-new
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Joy
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Poor Tomie got chicken pox. And he'd had them before. I felt so sorry for him. This book covered the events leading toward Christmas.
Amy
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4th in the series which were are loving.
Michelle
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-annabelle
We can’t wait to get into the War Years series.
Kathleen
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2002
Tomie's amazing family story.
Brett
Dec 14, 2009 rated it liked it
You become attached to the characters.
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) was best known for his books for children.

He had a five-decade writing and illustrating career during which he published more than 270 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.

Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the New
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  • Here We All Are (26 Fairmount Avenue, #2)
  • On My Way (26 Fairmount Avenue Book, #3)
  • Things Will Never Be the Same (26 Fairmount Avenue, #5)
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