A Child's Calendar

November 19, 2016
Subheader: 

Lackluster poems for every month.

Review: 

It's not badly written. The poetry is well-metered and rhymed. It's just twelve poems, one for each month, kind of how a child would see it, I guess. It's a little bit dated, being written in the 1960s. There's a few gender stereotypes, like "The blushing, girlish/World unfolds". I'm not sure what's "girlish" about nature. Later, "And Daddy may/Get out his hoe/To plant tomatoes/In a row,/And, afterwards,/May lazily/Look at some baseball/On TV."

It's pretty stereotypical. Very American, with the Fourth of July, baseball, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the obsession with Christmas in December. There's not really much to it, with no storyline or message.

Message: 

None.

Author
Illustrator
Publication Year
  • 1999
Age Range
Age Range: 
5
Number of Pages
Number of Pages: 
32
Number of Words on Typical Page
Number of Words: 
51

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