The fellow in this book loves to make cards, and he creates one to celebrate an event for every month of the year. In January, it's a card to celebrate New Year's Day, May and June celebrate Mother's and Father's Day because he has the best mom and dad. When December arrives it is the perfect time to put candles and snowflakes on his card. At the end of the year they are all displayed on a shelf for everyone to see. The Parent's Page has plenty of suggestions for making cards with kids, and notes that it is fun to create a box or drawer full of items that can be recycled into cards. The story encourages recycling and the text teaches about the months and certain holidays. Note: This text avoids mention of any religious holidays. However, the art is rather strange�like childrens' Picasso gone wrong. Brief bios of author and illustrator plus an opening note to parents round up this title. A "Compass Point Early Reader," Level C. 2002, Compass Point,
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K-Gr 2-An easy-reader with a twist: while building vocabulary and reinforcing the months of the year, it also promotes a holiday craft. Each double-page illustration features a month and a one-sentence banner suggesting a greeting card for it, from "In January, I'll make you a card to ring in the new year" to "In December, I'll make you a card with candles and snowflakes, too!" Themes are not overtly religious (the visuals for March include a green shamrock and leprechaun, but no mention of Saint Patrick). Occasions such as Valentine's Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are included, though they are not mentioned by name and actual dates are not marked on each monthly calendar. The book is oddly illustrated with flat, childlike drawings of large-headed youngsters depicted in profile, each with a wide wedge of a smile and a single wide eye. These pictures distract from the other graphic elements successfully employed here, like crayon-colored backdrops, leaf rubbings, scratch art, and paper/fabric collage.-Mary Ann Carcich, Mattituck-Laurel Public Library, Mattituck, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.