Jane Dyer

Book Review: Every Year On Your Birthday

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Every Year On Your Birthday 

Written by Rose Lewis
Illustrated by Jane Dyer 
Published May 1, 2007 by Little, Brown Young Readers
Ages: 6-8, 32 pages 
Topics: Adoption, Realistic Fiction

Every Year On Your Birthday is based on the author’s experience adopting a girl from China. The story begins when the woman thinks back to how she wasn’t there at the girl’s birth, but she was home waiting to be her mother. The girl gradually grows up as the book celebrates to her fifth birthday. Each birthday brings something new. On her first birthday family celebrates as she blows out candles, her second birthday she becomes a United States citizen, her third birthday she flies a kite at the beach, her fourth birthday she receives a puppy, and her fifth birthday is celebrated at a picnic watching the dragon boat festival. The story also goes back to the girl’s time in China, such as when she was in the nursery with other Chinese baby girls waiting for adoption. Every Year On Your Birthday is a wonderful book with beautiful illustrations. There is a good mix with Chinese and American cultures to celebrate her birthday. Rose Lewis wrote another book, I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, based upon her travels to China when she adopted the girl.

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Christmas Cookies: Bite Size Holiday Lessons

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Christmas Cookies: Bite Size Holiday Lessons

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jane Dyer

Ages 5 & up, 40 pages

Christmas Cookies: Bite Size Holiday Lessons is similar to a vocabulary book with lessons than an actual story. You may not realize it, but there are many lessons and emotions when we make cookies. Each page has a bold word and definition that relates to the cookie making process.  Some of the words and lessons mentioned are Anticipation to wait all day to make cookies,  Charitable to give a batch to people, Frustrated that the cookies burnt again, and Family to enjoy the cookies together. In the book, animals have human-like characteristics as they help bake and share cookies. If you enjoy this book, the author wrote similar food lesson books. Personally, Christmas doesn’t feel like Christmas without baking and sharing cookies.