What a Year!

by Tomie dePaola

The fourth in his “26 Fairmount Avenue” autobiographical series finds... read more

The fourth in his “26 Fairmount Avenue” autobiographical series finds young Tomie DePaola awaiting his sixth birthday, in the year 1940. A classroom birthday celebration gives way to Halloween, quickly followed by Thanksgiving, and, finally, the ultimate child-event, Christmas. Tomie tops off his year by staying up until midnight on New Years’ Eve. The upbeat string of events is broken only by a bout with chicken pox. Clear and specific childhood memories generate an effervescent snapshot of the era, distinctly viewed through a child’s perspective and priorities. Tomie’s extended family, and their frequent gatherings, play a major role in his young life. (Ages 7-10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003

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