Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn boldly colored lino-cuts that evoke a sense of nostalgia and security, different beasts (``Red foxes in February''; ``Skunks and cows in June'') are pictured for each month of the year. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)
School Library JournalPreS Again focusing on the family from the author's earlier A Year of Birds (Dodd, 1984), the linoleum block prints with clear black lines and bright but translucent washes record the changing seasons of a New England landscape and its nonhuman as well as human inhabitants. January's white-tailed deer give way to February's foxes, a March woodchuck, and so on through a year's worth of rabbits, otters, skunks, cows, raccoons and other assorted fauna. Simultaneously, the activities of a human family are chronicled: snowman-building in January, sap-gathering in March, Easter egg hunting in April, picnics in July and so on untilof courseChristmas tree cutting in December. While no parallels between human and animal activities are drawn, children will readily identify the detailsboth interior and exteriorwhich comprise these quiet scenesand find scope for their imaginations to expand each picture into a small but familiar story. A well-crafted, child-centered, visually pleasing lap book that would also work well in a story hour program for two year olds.Kristi Thomas Beavin, Arlington County Public Library, Va.
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