Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World

Prolific author and poet Marilyn Singer (Follow Follow; Rutherford B., Who Was He?) teams up with illustrator Susan L. Roth (Parrots over Puerto Rico) in the spectacular Every Month Is a New Year.

People commemorate the new year the world over, but it's not always with a ball drop nor on December 31. In some cultures, people celebrate in July by writing injustices or bad habits on clay pots, then smashing them. In others, crowds hold giant water fights to wash away misfortune. Working through the months of the year, Singer presents verses from a child's perspective that set the stage for each New Year celebration (Rosh Hashanah, Matariki, Diwali and so on), while Roth's stunning collages provide textured layers of imagery. End pages include information about calendars, New Year's greetings, more details about the holidays and a glossary and pronunciation guide. Fantastic! --Emilie Coulter, freelance writer and editor

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