A Busy Year

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An around-the-seasons board book to enjoy every month of the year!

Now available in a board book edition, here is Leo Lionni’s joyous celebration of the rhythms of nature. A tree changes month by month, watched over by twin mice who admire her on their frequent visits. “Oh, Woody, you are beautiful!” they exclaim in May, when her leaves are full and blossoming. And at Christmas, after a full year of ...
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Overview

An around-the-seasons board book to enjoy every month of the year!

Now available in a board book edition, here is Leo Lionni’s joyous celebration of the rhythms of nature. A tree changes month by month, watched over by twin mice who admire her on their frequent visits. “Oh, Woody, you are beautiful!” they exclaim in May, when her leaves are full and blossoming. And at Christmas, after a full year of friendship, the mice and tree rejoice together, looking forward to the next busy year.

Mouse twins befriend a tree and watch it grow and change throughout each month of the year.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this deceptively simple tale, Lionni characteristically hides a moral from which kids of all ages will profit. On New Year's Day, twin mice Willie and Winnie discover a ``snowmouse'' that appears to be holding a broom. But a voice announces, ``I am not a broom. I am Woody the tree!'' So begins a momentous friendship. The twins visit Woody each month and are thrilled when small buds and then leaves and blossoms appear on her branches. In June Woody confesses that she fears summertime, when people's carelessness with cigarettes and campfires causes many trees to die. Ready with a water hose, the twins protect their pal when a forest fire breaks out in July. After her leaves blow to the ground, the caring duo brings Christmas gifts to a cheerfully decorated Woody, and all are ``happy and ready for another busy year.'' With Lionni's zingy, inimitable art, this tall, paper-over-board book is a welcome addition to his distinguished oeuvre. Ages 3-7. ( Apr. )
Publishers Weekly
A Busy Year by Leo Lionni follows a momentous friendship between twin mice Willie and Winnie and Woody, the tree they befriend throughout the course of a year. "In this deceptively simple tale, Lionni characteristically hides a moral from which kids of all ages will profit," wrote PW of the picture book published in 1992. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-- Once again, Lionni's mice discover some of nature's secrets. This time, a friendly tree teaches two young creatures about her annual cycle of growth, decline, and dormancy. On a snowy January first, Willie and Winnie mistake the bare branches for a snowmouse's broom. They visit their friend monthly, seeing buds, then flowers, leaves, and finally fruit. In October, they mourn her loss of leaves. `` `Don't worry,' '' explains Woody. `` `Next year I'll have new ones. You'll see!' '' Only November's activities seem forced; the mice worry about a Christmas gift for the tree. In December, they decorate her boughs with festive colored balls and bring gifts of fertilizer and flower seeds. Illustrations are typical Lionni, with simplified collage figures of torn and cut papers, some plain and some patterned, placed against a background that changes color with the season. Although the tree remains rooted, the mice scurry about, climbing it to pick fruit, aiming a hose when it catches fire, and jumping to catch falling leaves. The lack of irrelevant background details makes the tree's changes clear and impressive. An enjoyable book that will help children become aware of the natural world around them. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Kay Weisman
Out for a walk in the January snow, mouse twins Willie and Winnie meet Woody, a talking tree. The three develop a rapport, and the twins visit their friend during each succeeding month. In May, Woody blossoms; the twins save her from a fire in July; in September, they harvest her juicy fruit; and, in December, they deliver Christmas gifts to Woody--manure, bulbs, and seeds. In the hands of a less capable illustrator, this might have become still another anthropomorphic season book. Fortunately, Lionni's appealing collages (done in a variety of color schemes appropriate to each month) make this an attractive choice that will be useful for story hours and popular with Lionni fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679824640
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/1992
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 11.59 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Leo Lionni was deemed “the master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune. His books for young readers include Frederick, Swimmy, and Fish Is Fish. He died in 1999 at the age of 89.
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