All the Seasons of the Year

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In this charming story, a mama cat loves her kitten through all the seasons: in autumn, when they rake leaves into piles; in winter, when they sled down snowy hills; in spring, when they fly kites; and in summer, when they splash together in the water. Parents, grandparents, and all the special people in a child’s life will love sharing this sweet celebration through all the seasons of the year and in years to come.

Kay Chorao’s warm and colorful illustrations bring to life ...

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Overview

In this charming story, a mama cat loves her kitten through all the seasons: in autumn, when they rake leaves into piles; in winter, when they sled down snowy hills; in spring, when they fly kites; and in summer, when they splash together in the water. Parents, grandparents, and all the special people in a child’s life will love sharing this sweet celebration through all the seasons of the year and in years to come.

Kay Chorao’s warm and colorful illustrations bring to life Deborah Lee Rose’s endearing verses, which capture the many ways a child is cherished year-round.

"Full of charming details and gorgeous colors, the love between each parent/child pair is obvious, and readers may find themselves wishing to share the same activities with a beloved adult of their own."
-Kirkus Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
From the dedication page with its beautiful illustrations to the last page, with the moon shining in through the window and the breeze blowing the curtains toward the rocking chair where the beloved kitten sleeps, this book illustrates the love of every mother for her child. This particular mother happens to be a cat with a beloved kitten, but in the pages we also see maternal pairs of dogs, bears, ducks, birds and even pigs. The rhyming words that tell the reader about each of the four seasons will make this a favorite story for young readers. "I love you when..." introduces each segment of the four seasons, reminding the reader of all the changes that occur during that time. The descriptive language invites the imagination of each young child. The season of autumn is described as "when trees wear a gold and scarlet crown." The winter is the season when "wind chills our faces, fingers, and toes." What a beautiful way to share the seasons with young readers and the Chorao drawings, created using gouache, colored pencils and ink on watercolor paper, make this a true treasure. Curriculum applications are science, particularly weather and seasons. Language arts applications can also be made with rhyming words and poetic verse. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This rhyming story portrays a mother cat's love for her child "as the seasons flow." With two spreads devoted to each season, the first-person narrative describes some of their favorite activities. Chorao's lush illustrations in gouache, colored pencils, and ink fill the pages with colorful pastel depictions of the momma and her kitten diving into a pile of autumn leaves, sledding down a winter slope, flying kites in the spring, watering summer blossoms, and celebrating the youngster's birthday in the fall. This cozy book would be a good choice for a storytime about the seasons as well as a comforting bedtime read.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Rhyming couplets celebrate the activities that fill each season of the year and the love that ties them all together. Beginning and ending with autumn, readers follow a mother and son cat in the course of their year: geese taking flight and leaf raking, snowflakes and sled rides, flowers and kite flying, bees buzzing and swimming. Repeated throughout and building toward the ending is the message that the child is loved: "I love you as the seasons flow-- / and I can watch you change and grow. / I'll always love you, and hold you dear, / through all the seasons of the year." Chorao's gouache, colored pencil and ink illustrations are peopled with other animal pairings that may call to mind Richard Scarry's animal characters. Full of charming details and gorgeous colors, the love between each parent/child pair is obvious, and readers may find themselves wishing to share the same activities with a beloved adult of their own. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810983953
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 408,889
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Lee Rose is the author of the bestselling Twelve Days books. She lives with her family in Walnut Creek, California. Visit her online at www.deborahleerose.com.

Kay Chorao is an artist, illustrator, and writer of many children’s books, including D Is for Drums. She lives in New York City and Jamesport, Long Island.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    All new parents and grandparents will love this one!

    Lovely lyrical prose and sweet illustrations make you want to snuggle up with your favorite infant or tot for a bedtime read. Move over "Pat the Bunny" and "Goodnight Moon" this is my new favorite babybook.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

    sweet book of celebration

    Which season do you like best? Author Deborah Lee Rose shares a poetic story in which a mother cat tells how much she loves her kitten, whether in autumn when they rake the leaves into piles; or in winter, when they run outside to race down the snow hills on sleds; or in spring, when they send their kites high on the winds; or in summer when they enjoy splashing together in the water; or in the fall again when the seasons come full circle with the leaves all ablaze. The warm, lush illustrations by Kay Chorao help to capture the many ways in which children are cherished all the year round.
    All the Seasons of the Year is a sweet book of celebration for the beauty of God's earth that mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other special people in a child's life will want to share with their children. It would be great for bedtime or naptime. In addition, it will foster a child's knowledge of the seasons. And it will assure the child of unconditional love, because as the seasons flow, children change and grow, so they need to know that they will be loved, not only through the changing seasons of the year, but also throughout the changing seasons of life. Any book which so focuses on the unconditional love of parents for children gets a high five from me.

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