Baby's First Year

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An elegant 12-month keepsake calendar designed to help parents and family members record every detail of baby's first year.

Beginning with baby's birth and leading up to baby's first birthday, a family can record all of the milestone events in the new baby's life. Full-color stickers are included to commemorate those extra-special moments, such as baby's First smile, first word, and First step. Adorned with artwork from the best-selling classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway ...

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Overview

An elegant 12-month keepsake calendar designed to help parents and family members record every detail of baby's first year.

Beginning with baby's birth and leading up to baby's first birthday, a family can record all of the milestone events in the new baby's life. Full-color stickers are included to commemorate those extra-special moments, such as baby's First smile, first word, and First step. Adorned with artwork from the best-selling classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, this beautiful calendar is a unique way of recording baby's development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694016730
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 463,913
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). A graduate of Hollins College and the progressive Bank Street College of Education, she combined her literary aspirations with the study of child development. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes is unequaled. Her many classic books continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.


Muy pocos escritores de literatura infantil han logrado captar las emociones e inquietudes de la niñez como Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Sus numerosos y ya clásicos libros y grabaciones continúan deleitando a lectores y oyentes de todas las edades.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) is best known for illustrating Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, the classic picture books by Margaret Wise Brown. He studied painting in Paris with Fernand Léger and others in the early 1930s. After his return to the United States in 1935, he began to work in children's books. He illustrated more than one hundred books, many of them with his wife, Edith Thacher Hurd, including the Johnny Lion books, The Day the Sun Danced, and The Merry Chase. A native of New York City, he lived most of his life in Vermont and California.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) se graduó de Yale University. Estudió pintura en París en los años 1930 con Fernand Léger, entre otros. Allí fue donde desarrolló su estilo característico, compuesto de colores de fuerte contraste. Hurd estuvo casado con la escritora Edith Thacher Hurd, con quien también creó muchos libros que se convirtieron en favoritos de los niños.

Biography

When Margaret Wise Brown began to write for young children, most picture books were written by illustrators, whose training and talents lay mainly in the visual arts. Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, was the first picture-book author to achieve recognition as a writer, and the first, according to historian Barbara Bader, "to make the writing of picture books an art."

After graduating college in 1932, Brown's first ambition was to write literature for adults; but when she entered a program for student teachers in New York, she was thrilled by the experience of working with young children, and inspired by the program's progressive leader, the education reformer Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Mitchell held that stories for very young children should be grounded in "the here and now" rather than nonsense or fantasy. For children aged two to five, she thought, real experience was magical enough without embellishments.

Few children's authors had attempted to write specifically for so young an audience, but Brown quickly proved herself gifted at the task. She was appointed editor of a new publishing firm devoted to children's books, where she cultivated promising new writers and illustrators, helped develop innovations like the board book, and became, as her biographer Leonard S. Marcus notes, "one of the central figures of a period now considered the golden age of the American picture book."

Though Brown was intensely interested in modernist writers like Gertrude Stein (whom she persuaded to write a children's book, The World Is Round), it was a medieval ballad that provided the inspiration for The Runaway Bunny (1942), illustrated by Clement Hurd. The Runaway Bunny was Brown's first departure from the here-and-now style of writing, and became one of her most popular books.

Goodnight Moon, another collaboration with Hurd, appeared in 1947. The story of a little rabbit's bedtime ritual, its rhythmic litany of familiar objects placed it somewhere between the nursery rhyme and the here-and-now story. At first it was only moderately successful, but its popularity gradually climbed, and by 2000, it was among the top 40 best-selling children's books of all time.

The postwar baby boom helped propel sales of Brown's many picture books, including Two Little Trains (1949) and The Important Book (1949). After the author died in 1952, at the age of 42, many of her unpublished manuscripts were illustrated and made into books, but Brown remains best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

More people recognize those titles than recognize the name of their author, but Margaret Wise Brown wouldn't have minded. "It didn't seem important that anyone wrote them," she once said of the books she read as a child. "And it still doesn't seem important. I wish I didn't have ever to sign my long name on the cover of a book and I wish I could write a story that would seem absolutely true to the child who hears it and to myself." For millions of children who have settled down to hear her stories, she did just that.

Good To Know

When Goodnight Moon first appeared, the New York Public Library declined to buy it (an internal reviewer dismissed it as too sentimental). The book sold fairly well until 1953, when sales began to climb, perhaps because of word-of-mouth recommendations by parents. More than 4 million copies have now been sold. The New York Public Library finally placed its first order for the book in 1973.

If you look closely at the bookshelves illustrated in Goodnight Moon, you'll see that one of the little rabbit's books is The Runaway Bunny. One of three framed pictures on the walls shows a scene from the same book.

Brown's death was a stunning and sad surprise. The author had had an emergency appendectomy in France while on a book tour, which was successful; but when she did a can-can kick days later to demonstrate her good health to her doctor, it caused a fatal embolism.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Golden MacDonald, Juniper Sage, Timothy Hay
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 23, 1910
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, N.Y.
    1. Date of Death:
      November 13, 1952
    2. Place of Death:
      Nice, France

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

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    I was not very happy with this calendar. The package provides cute stickers for many milestones. However, because of the lamination on the pages, it was virtually impossible to write on the pages with a pen. So, anything that wasn't covered in a sticker I could not write. I wound up buying a different calendar.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    I loved this calendar! I used it with our daughter and will be b

    I loved this calendar! I used it with our daughter and will be buying one for our second as well. I liked the simple prompts and spaces to write on the top page of each month. I also liked the variety of stickers and the inclusion of blank stickers that allow you to add your own, unique "milestones." Documenting important events during my daughter's first year was very easy with this calendar, and we love looking back over her month-to-month progression!

    I did not have any problem writing on this calendar with a ballpoint pen, even with the coating on the pages (I would not describe them as "laminated"- they are still relatively "thin"); however, I did notice that I had to be careful that fresh ink didn't smudge if I went back to add to the blanks before the ink dried.

    The only downside I noticed is that you should decide how you want to "set up" the months BEFORE starting to use the calendar. Depending on whether you use the actual full calendar month when your baby is born or whether you start the calendar from the day the baby is born, this will definitely affect how many "days" you can get onto one month's page. My daughter was born the second week in February, so I began the calendar at the beginning of the month with "February 1" (technically before she was born). Also, the way you set up the calendar will change how many actual "months" you can get out of it. In my example, I only arrived at 11 months by the end of the calendar- not the full 12. Overall, I would definitely recommend this calendar.

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