Holiday Stew: A Kid's Portion of Holiday and Seasonal Poems

Holiday Stew: A Kid's Portion of Holiday and Seasonal Poems

by Jenny Whitehead
     
 

More than eighty holiday and seasonal poems!

Holidays abound throughout the year, from Thanksgiving and Christmas, Passover and Ramadan, to Martin Luther King Day and Chinese New Year. But these are just a sampling of holidays—there's also Earth Day, Memorial Day, and Teacher Appreciation Day, to name a few. This joyous poetry collection features more

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More than eighty holiday and seasonal poems!

Holidays abound throughout the year, from Thanksgiving and Christmas, Passover and Ramadan, to Martin Luther King Day and Chinese New Year. But these are just a sampling of holidays—there's also Earth Day, Memorial Day, and Teacher Appreciation Day, to name a few. This joyous poetry collection features more than eighty poems about the many holidays celebrated throughout the year. It also highlights the four seasons and the exciting changes they bring.

Jenny Whitehead's inventive poems and child-friendly illustrations make this an impressive collection to be enjoyed all year long.

Holiday Stew is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Covering holidays and celebrations throughout the year, this feast of poems includes all the major "Days"—May, Valentine's, Arbor, Mother's, Father's, Memorial, Flag, Friendship, St. Patrick's, Grandparents', Labor, Columbus, Veterans', and Thanksgiving; religious festivals; and seasonal events. Frolicking, cartoon-like illustrations punctuate every selection from Teacher Appreciation Day to April Fool's. The colorful people and clever animals are cheerfully depicted enjoying these festivities—all regaled in rhyme. I especially like the lines on the "Teacher Appreciation Day" page, where one of the children's placards reads "…for wearing a sweater that matches the season…"—it just makes me think of all the teachers who honor each season and holiday with the appropriate apparel. Because the scope is so broad, there is something here for everyone to share and enjoy. Many of the poems have more than a bit of educational value tucked into the pleasure of the rhythms. "Upside-Down Thinking" shows planet earth with a winter- clad child standing on one side and a beach-ready child standing on the other. Even the two poems have one "right-side up" and one "upside-down" to help children understand the reversal of seasons north and south of the equator. Abe Lincoln is shown participating in a four part rhyme to salute President's Day. From the heights of Mt. Rushmore he forgets to make the rhyme work and is chided by his fellow presidents. Much humor and many insights are captured here, with only occasional stretches for a rhyme to make the poem "work." The 100th day of school and birthdays are celebrated with great pizzazz, as are many other experiences common to all children.Teachers will find this a valuable tool for introducing a wide variety of holidays and seasonal changes. Listeners will find this a wonderful opportunity to contemplate different viewpoints and traditions while savoring the rich language.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4 - The author and illustrator of Lunch Box Mailand Other Poems(Holt, 2001) turns her artistic and wordplay talents to a celebration of a year's worth of holidays-from the familiar, like Easter, Passover, and April Fool's Day, to those less well-known to some children, such as Ramadan. There's even one about the switch to daylight savings time. The collection is organized by season, and each of the 78 original poems is accompanied by a richly detailed ink illustration. Neither the rhyme nor the meter is forced, and the poems remain rooted in child-based experiences. Move over Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky-there's a new comic poetry writer on the block.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME

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Kirkus Reviews
This celebration of almost every event in a child's life is arranged by the four seasons. Over 80 poems observe holidays such as Ramadan, Passover, Chinese New Year and Cinco de Mayo. "It's Labor Day" begins, "A holiday for hard work? / Yes, grown-ups, you deserve it! / But thank you very kindly / for letting kids observe it." Topics include spring-cleaning the city streets, seasonal games, daylight savings time and Teacher Appreciation Day. Each overstuffed page features cartoon-like drawings that are busy and at times overwhelm the writing. Uneven cadence mars some of the poetry, but, on the whole, the writing is breezy and fits the illustrations. Children will have fun reciting the poems and sharing in reading the notes, jokes and two-line poems that decorate the margins. (Poetry. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805077155
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/03/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Jenny Whitehead is the author/illustrator of Lunch Box Mail and Other Poems. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Kansas City, Missouri.

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