Calendarbears, by Kathleen and Michael Hague

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Calendarbears: A Book of Months
by Kathleen Hague
Illustrated by Michael Hague

Rating:
****

Some books have rhymes that stay with you long after your children have grown. Calendarbears is a picture book with many rhymes that are now attached to my memories of small children and a cozy place on the couch.

It’s the kind of book you can read over and over because, while the rhymes are simple, each one teaches something and evokes a certain mood about the month it describes. The colorful illustrations are full of the kind of details young kids like to linger over.

We had certain favorites, including the July page with this terrific picture:

Such a grown-up name for this little guy!
Who wouldn’t want to dance with a sparkler?

And I particularly like how the author chose the name Stanton for this rhyme – such a grown-up name for a little boy bear!

Stanton loves
the Fourth of July;
fireworks burst
and light up the sky.

Children’s books have come and gone at our house. Calendarbears was published in 1997 and was one of our favorites. We checked it out at the library many, many times. I checked it out again today and enjoyed the rush of memories!

Kathleen and Michael Hague

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Kathleen Hague is an American author of children’s books, including the best-selling picture book, Alphabears. Michael Hague is an American illustrator and writer of mostly children’s fantasy books. He has illustrated many books, including The Hobbit, The Wind in the Willows, and The Wizard of Oz. They both attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Books by Kathleen and Michael Hague

Alphabears: An ABC Book
Bear Hugs
Calendarbears: A Book of Months
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Good Night, Fairies
Numbears: A Counting Book
Out of the Nursery, into the Night
Ten Little Bears: A Counting Rhyme
The Man Who Kept House
The Legend of the Veery Bird

Check out Michael Hague’s website for a look at some of his amazing illustrations!

http://michaelhague.com/about/

http://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Hague/e/B001H6OF5C

Do you have a favorite children’s book?  Why is it special to you?

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2 thoughts on “Calendarbears, by Kathleen and Michael Hague

  1. We always liked rhyming books, too. One of our favorites was the series of Madeline books by Ludwig Bemelmans which all began with: “In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines. They left the house at half-past nine. The smallest one was Madeline.” By the way the author modeled the character of Madeline on his daughter who was named Barbara.

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