A Year of Everyday Wonders by Cheryl B. Klein, illustrated by Qin Leng

Published by Harry N. Abrams

A Year of Everyday Wonders: Klein, Cheryl B., Leng, Qin: 9781419742088:  Amazon.com: Books
A Year of Everyday Wonders: Klein, Cheryl B., Leng, Qin: 9781419742088:  Amazon.com: Books

Summary: “First day of the new year,” begins this book, showing a girl, her brother, and their parents waking up on New Year’s Day. The year of “firsts” continues: first snowfall, first short sleeves, first summer storm, first new teacher. Some events are repeated: by the end of the year, the count is up to 384 for sister-brother fights, but the two manage a gift-getting, hugging reconciliation on Christmas. The final pages show the last wake-up, last snowfall, and last bedtime stories before cycling back to the first day of a new year. 40 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros: This is a perfect book to start a new year, with charming watercolor and ink illustrations and milestones that will ring true for most readers.

Cons: 384 seems a conservative estimate for sibling fights in a year.

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