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From first haircut to first ice-cream cone, each year brings a new cycle of experiences   With each new year come countless little wonders. From the highs—first snowfall, first new umbrella, first beach trip—to the lows—first missed bus, first lost umbrella, first sunburn— every year older means another cycle of everyday experiences. In their clever, playful, observant pi From first haircut to first ice-cream cone, each year brings a new cycle of experiences   With each new year come countless little wonders. From the highs—first snowfall, first new umbrella, first beach trip—to the lows—first missed bus, first lost umbrella, first sunburn— every year older means another cycle of everyday experiences. In their clever, playful, observant picture book, acclaimed author Cheryl B. Klein and illustrator Qin Leng explore many truths of childhood through a calendar year of small moments that, all together, comprise what it is to be a kid.  


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From first haircut to first ice-cream cone, each year brings a new cycle of experiences   With each new year come countless little wonders. From the highs—first snowfall, first new umbrella, first beach trip—to the lows—first missed bus, first lost umbrella, first sunburn— every year older means another cycle of everyday experiences. In their clever, playful, observant pi From first haircut to first ice-cream cone, each year brings a new cycle of experiences   With each new year come countless little wonders. From the highs—first snowfall, first new umbrella, first beach trip—to the lows—first missed bus, first lost umbrella, first sunburn— every year older means another cycle of everyday experiences. In their clever, playful, observant picture book, acclaimed author Cheryl B. Klein and illustrator Qin Leng explore many truths of childhood through a calendar year of small moments that, all together, comprise what it is to be a kid.  

30 review for A Year of Everyday Wonders

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Klein

    This manuscript grew out of my habit of thinking about firsts. Yesterday was the first day in July I had some ice cream, for instance; my first time ever making sourdough cornbread; and my son's first-ever taste of cherries (he liked them). Take that fascination with firsts and lasts and put it into a whole year in a family with two squabbling siblings, and you have this book, wonderfully illuminated and enlightened and given an entirely different -- and better! -- spin than I first envisioned b This manuscript grew out of my habit of thinking about firsts. Yesterday was the first day in July I had some ice cream, for instance; my first time ever making sourdough cornbread; and my son's first-ever taste of cherries (he liked them). Take that fascination with firsts and lasts and put it into a whole year in a family with two squabbling siblings, and you have this book, wonderfully illuminated and enlightened and given an entirely different -- and better! -- spin than I first envisioned by Qin Leng's marvelous illustrations. It will be published by Abrams on December 8, 2020. (I added the "wrote" tag above for SECOND SIGHT, and it still amazes me I've been able to use it multiple times!)

  2. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    This is a really sweet little book, adorably illustrated by Qin Leng, that chronicles a year of firsts as a little girl passes through a year. From first snowball fights and first waffles to first crushes and first sunburns, the story shows how the everyday can also be extraordinary. I don't have much to complain about here, other than the placement of the text on some of the illustrated pages. The typeface is small and the contrast isn't always great, so it's sometimes tricky to read. Other than This is a really sweet little book, adorably illustrated by Qin Leng, that chronicles a year of firsts as a little girl passes through a year. From first snowball fights and first waffles to first crushes and first sunburns, the story shows how the everyday can also be extraordinary. I don't have much to complain about here, other than the placement of the text on some of the illustrated pages. The typeface is small and the contrast isn't always great, so it's sometimes tricky to read. Other than that, though, the aesthetic of the book is wonderful. I'd recommend this book to readers who are looking for books about the passage of a year, the seasons, or the simple pleasures of a child's life. Quotable moment:

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    A perfect book to have read on New Year's Eve! :) A celebration of all of the firsts of each year, along with some of the multiples. LOL! A reminder to appreciate the small moments of firsts throughout the seasons each year. A perfect book to have read on New Year's Eve! :) A celebration of all of the firsts of each year, along with some of the multiples. LOL! A reminder to appreciate the small moments of firsts throughout the seasons each year.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Great Books

    Reviewer #9

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    The artwork is so cute and classic here, and this reads even more sentimental after the year we've had. Definitely made me reflect and focuses on the little things. The artwork is so cute and classic here, and this reads even more sentimental after the year we've had. Definitely made me reflect and focuses on the little things.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    I have spent the last 30+ years missing something that I expect no longer exists, the review book room at the NYPL. Monthly I would take the bus from the Bronx and spend an hour or two looking at the new books I could buy for my branch. Best of all, was getting to look at the picture books. So I am now kicking myself for not realizing I could have spent the last few years looking at picture books on Edelweiss, and could have separated the wheat from the chaff. What does all that mean? Well, it mea I have spent the last 30+ years missing something that I expect no longer exists, the review book room at the NYPL. Monthly I would take the bus from the Bronx and spend an hour or two looking at the new books I could buy for my branch. Best of all, was getting to look at the picture books. So I am now kicking myself for not realizing I could have spent the last few years looking at picture books on Edelweiss, and could have separated the wheat from the chaff. What does all that mean? Well, it means that this is a very nice book. The art reminds me a bit of Lillian Hoban's art style, it's a little scratchy, with great child appeal. For the adults reading this, this is a "traditional" family with mom, dad, and 2 kids who are clearly shown as a boy and a girl. They have dark hair and are ethnically ambiguous. It's a simple story, literally all the pleasures and pain of a kid's year, from valentines to beach trips to snow days. There are at least "384 fights with your brother," but there is also a sweet holiday moment where the siblings exchange holiday gifts. All in all, a book that I am going to purchase, knowing that I won't have buyer's remorse!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Earl

    Lovely picture book of firsts and lasts and the special connection between siblings. Simple text is paired with lively illustrations celebrating the little things in life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    This book lives up to its title-- starting on the first day of the year, we begin the every day adventures of a girl and her family, from first waffles and lost umbrellas, spring to summer, autumn and winter, three hundred eighty four fights with her brother (give or take a few) all the way to the year's end, with so many glorious moments in between. A Year of Everyday Wonders feels both like a sweet memory and a childhood that will last forever. Readers young and old are likely to reflect on th This book lives up to its title-- starting on the first day of the year, we begin the every day adventures of a girl and her family, from first waffles and lost umbrellas, spring to summer, autumn and winter, three hundred eighty four fights with her brother (give or take a few) all the way to the year's end, with so many glorious moments in between. A Year of Everyday Wonders feels both like a sweet memory and a childhood that will last forever. Readers young and old are likely to reflect on their own years, as well as what's in store for the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    At the start of the year everything is new and exciting. Throughout the year, new things continue to happen including holidays and seasons. Great way to explain to kindergarteners the concept of "time". At the start of the year everything is new and exciting. Throughout the year, new things continue to happen including holidays and seasons. Great way to explain to kindergarteners the concept of "time".

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Sweet book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    kim

    sweet, but a little hard for little kids to get the concept

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Beautiful illustrations with ink and watercolor! A cute story about a year of first's and the small moments that make a childhood great. Beautiful illustrations with ink and watercolor! A cute story about a year of first's and the small moments that make a childhood great.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Megan Wagner

    How timely, to be read on Dec 31st!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Very nice book about a year of firsts.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy Danusiar

    Funny, charming, and poignant.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Norkett

    A reminder of all the firsts of the seasons.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Annamarie Carlson (she, her)

    Follow a young girl through a year--from one New Year's Day to the next. Follow a young girl through a year--from one New Year's Day to the next.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Lovely illustrations and story about an entire year of firsts

  21. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I loved this book! Hopeful, simple and lovely!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    A cyclical look at childhood joys and disappointments.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Great for teachers and early childhood educators looking for "year" themed stories. Short enough, communicates feelings of firsts a kid experiences throughout the year. Great for teachers and early childhood educators looking for "year" themed stories. Short enough, communicates feelings of firsts a kid experiences throughout the year.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Lovely little book walking you thru firsts (and seconds... and a few 95ths) of the year ending with a couple of lasts before starting the new year. I could do without the crushes, but otherwise zero complaints.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mulvane Public Library

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pamreads

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robin

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