Friday, January 19, 2018

PPBF: A Year in the City

And now on to today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick
A Year in the City, by Kathy Henderson and Paul Howard
A Year in the City

Written Kathy Henderson
Illustrated by Paul Howard

Candlewick Press, 1996
Ages 3 & up, 32 pp

City, Seasons

The year's turning,
the year's turning
through the streets and houses
where people pass and the traffic churns,
all the time the year keeps turning.

Pages packed with bustling illustrations, A Year in the City hustles readers through the frenetic pace of city life, month by month. The prose is poetic. The illustrations are detailed. Just like the city there is much in this book to see and explore. The creators offer a buffet of the delights and distractions inherent in an urban setting, highlighting cultural festivals, seasons, holidays, sounds, and textures.

What I Love:
With well over 1,000 words, this book may be a surprising addition to the PPBF list. I love the author's skill painting a scene engaging all of the senses. The illustrator's full-page and vignetted scenes carry a sense of energy and inspire kids to examine and appreciate a culture like, or unlike, their own.

Petit and Small modeled 5 diverse cities from recycled materials
1. I love the creative breadstick appetizers for New Year's Eve found on Heavy.

2. MiniTime is a great website for planning a city trip with the kids. Links include NYC, San Francisco, and Boston. Or  uncover travel secrets from the New York Times article on Chicago.

3. Parenting Patch has created a handprint craft for preschoolers, while FunnyCrafts makes a 4 seasons bottle craft available to download.

4. You'll find printable worksheets for weather tracking, four seasons puzzles, seasonal writing prompts and more on

5. Check out these and more Perfect Picture Books at your local library.

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Have you reviewed a Perfect Picture Book along this theme? Please leave the link in the comments below. Thanks!

Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday
for Friday, January 19, 2018 available on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.


  1. I love the repetition in the opening here, and I love the idea of bringing children into the sensual overload that big cities can bring.

    1. Thanks for checking out my review. Glad you liked it.

  2. I remember long picture books when my daughter was reading them. The illustrations look like they hold a lot of energy for the changing year. Lovely way to address seasons in a bustling city.

    1. I think it's a shame that picture books are truncated. I think picture story books or longer, poetic PBs like this one, fill a necessary niche. Thanks.

  3. This is very interesting. I put it on hold at the library. Thanks for introducing me to this book.

    1. I'm so glad you were able to find a copy. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

  4. I love the illustrations, and the text is quite lyrical. I'm glad to see that longer PBs are still being published by Candlewick! Thanks for featuring!

    1. Ha! My mistake. Just took a gander at the pub date. That explains a lot, doesn't it?!

    2. Silly rabbit. But this one is definitely as timeless as many others from Candlewick. They have such a good ear/eye for great manuscripts! Thanks.


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