Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World
Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World
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Annotation: A collection of original poems about New Year celebrations throughout the year and around the world. Includes an introduction about worldwide New Year celebrations plus a map, information about calendars, New Year greetings in many languages, additional factual information about the celebrations, and author's sources.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #160794
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Roth, Susan L.,
Pages: 56
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-620-14162-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-620-14162-5
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2016027055
Dimensions: 25 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
In this spectacular volume, child-centered poems and intricately designed collages, incorporating papers from all over the world, introduce religious and secular New Year celebrations. Familiar festivities, such as the ball dropping in Times Square, are celebrated beside the less-familiar (to American readers): Nowruz in Iran (March); Enkutatash, the Ethiopian New Year (September); and more. Enjoyable for young children, yet all ages will learn much from the excellent supplementary material. Bib., glos.
Kirkus Reviews
The passing of the year celebrated round the world through verse and collage.While many regard Jan. 1 as the first day of the calendar year, in this magnificent collaboration, Singer and Roth show that cultural observances of that new beginning happen each month. Presenting 16 celebrations from over 14 countries, they explore 12 months' worth of events that mark time's passage. "From the earth's movement, / from the moon's phases, / these clocks and calendars / we create. / Together /… / we / celebrate." Such remembrances can involve purification rituals, whether "washing the bad away" in April, by cleaning house and starting "the new year right / with a gigantic water fight" in Thailand, or setting "the bad ablaze" in Ecuador, at midnight on Dec. 31, by burning giant effigies representing the "año viejo." Scots look ahead to the "First Footer" (or visitor); Spaniards try to eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds for good luck—"so each new month will be sweet." Throughout the collection, which opens like a wall calendar, each of Roth's intricate collages animates Singer's verse, bursting with texture in a riot of color. "Happy New Year" in 15 languages precedes extensive notes, a glossary and pronunciation guide, and an impressive list of sources.A visually and sonically stunning introduction to the importance of appreciating time and the change of seasons throughout the world: a multicultural gem. (Picture book/poetry. 4-12)
Publishers Weekly
Fittingly taking the shape of a calendar, this graceful grouping of more than a dozen poems showcases new year celebrations, both secular and religious, from across the globe and throughout the year. Lines from -Smashing the Pots,- about the Kemetic holiday of Wep Ronpet, crystallize the book-s intent: -Everyone believes in a different beginning./ But what is true and what is clear/ is that all of us hope for a luminous year.- The poems are framed by calendar-style grids filled with thematic collage elements, and dramatic scenes of shared meals (for Nowruz in Iran), flying kites (for Matariki in New Zealand), and other festivities appear in the main images above. Closing notes thoroughly explore the holidays Singer introduces, closing out a lovely collection that both looks back at tradition and forward to new beginnings, wherever one might live. Ages 7-10. Illustrator-s agent: Victoria Wells Arms, Wells Arms Literary. (Apr.)

Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
The passing of the year celebrated round the world through verse and collage.While many regard Jan. 1 as the first day of the calendar year, in this magnificent collaboration, Singer and Roth show that cultural observances of that new beginning happen each month. Presenting 16 celebrations from over 14 countries, they explore 12 months' worth of events that mark time's passage. "From the earth's movement, / from the moon's phases, / these clocks and calendars / we create. / Together /… / we / celebrate." Such remembrances can involve purification rituals, whether "washing the bad away" in April, by cleaning house and starting "the new year right / with a gigantic water fight" in Thailand, or setting "the bad ablaze" in Ecuador, at midnight on Dec. 31, by burning giant effigies representing the "año viejo." Scots look ahead to the "First Footer" (or visitor); Spaniards try to eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds for good luck—"so each new month will be sweet." Throughout the collection, which opens like a wall calendar, each of Roth's intricate collages animates Singer's verse, bursting with texture in a riot of color. "Happy New Year" in 15 languages precedes extensive notes, a glossary and pronunciation guide, and an impressive list of sources.A visually and sonically stunning introduction to the importance of appreciating time and the change of seasons throughout the world: a multicultural gem. (Picture book/poetry. 4-12)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* This celebration of new year celebrations around the world is itself worth celebrating. Readers must turn the book on its side to enjoy the wall-calendar dimensions of each spread, all of which feature a short, gently rhyming poem told from an individual child's point of view about commemorations from Times Square to Chile, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Jordan, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, and Thailand. They're organized chronologically across the Gregorian calendar, as a piece about Wep Ronpet (as marked in ancient Egypt and now some U.S. communities) explains: "Everyone believes in a different beginning. / The Year may start for me, for you, anew in January, April, May, / or in some other month, on some other day. . . . But what is true and what is clear is that all of us hope for a luminous year." The collage illustrations, using paper sourced from across the globe, are spectacular, with culturally distinctive elements yet a consistent style, and the back matter is stellar and solid, with additional information, pronunciations, a map, and thorough source notes. This complete package is an illuminating and respectful appreciation of both our global uniqueness and our commonality.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 1,518
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 195652 / grade: Middle Grades
Guided Reading Level: Z

Notable Poetry List, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Original Art Show, Society of Illustrators Happy New Year ... in July! This versatile collection of engaging original poems showcases New Year celebrations throughout the year and around the world. In many places around the globe, the new year starts on January 1. But not everywhere! Chinese New Year is celebrated in January or February. Iranians observe Nowruz in March. For Thai people, Songkran occurs in April. Ethiopians greet the new year at Enkutatash in September. All these celebrations, and many others, have deep-rooted traditions and treasured customs. Acclaimed poet Marilyn Singer has created a lively poetry collection that highlights sixteen of these fascinating festivities, some well-known and some less familiar. Together with Susan L. Roth's captivating collage illustrations, the poems take readers to the heart of these beloved holidays. Every month of the year, somewhere in the world people celebrate with joy and good wishes for a happy new year.

The year turns
Midnight ball drop
First footing
Two new years
Dragon dance
Thirteen days
Washing the bad away
New moon, new year
Bringing together earth and sky
The young sun rises
Smashing the pots
Nowruz, navroze
Daisies
Casting away sins
Festival of lights
Fire is better
Las doche uvas de la suerte
Turning the year.

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