Publishers Weekly"I'll know it's spring when robins sing,/ and tulips give a nod," begins Deady's (It's Time!) ebullient young narrator as she embarks on a winsome dance through the seasons. In Bronson's (Moe McTooth) curvilinear, stylized collages, buttons transform into blossoms, painted stones become the logs of a campfire, and cotton balls represent woolly lambs. Trick-or-treating with friends against a sky of sunset orange, the girl, dressed in a witch costume made of felt, notes, "Spooky goblins, scary ghosts,/ and witches are a sign/ That soon I'll see my breath/ and feel the chill of frosty ground." Turning the page, readers find a sea of white and the girl happily making snow angels. ("Then suddenly it's winter.../ fluffy snow falls all around!") Deady brings her poem satisfyingly full circle ("Mama's cocoa keeps us warm/ from winter until spring,/ When, if I listen closely.../ I'll hear a robin sing"), and translates nature's rhythms into children's own, immediate terms: fall means "Mama says, `A sweater, please,'/ and, `No more swimming pool.' " Bronson's crafty spreads should prompt plenty of gleeful pointing. She fills a spring garden with tiny "plants" made of green pipe cleaners, and fashions autumn trees from intricate layers of feather-shaped tissue. But most winning of all is the book's narrator, a doll-like figure with umbrella shaped dresses, curlicued pigtails and bright pink cheeks; she's the very picture of year-round joie de vivre. Ages 3-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's LiteratureThe joy of changing seasons is celebrated with an exuberant rhyming text and colorful collage creations. A young girl dances into spring enjoying the robins, tulips and baby ducklings. She goes fishing with Daddy and helps Mama in the garden, delighting in the smell of rain. In summer the sidewalks are hot and ice cream cools the day. Her loving family goes camping. Daddy plays a song on his guitar and Mama sings a lullaby. Then the winds of fall blow leaves of yellow, gold, and red. Fluffy snow marks winter with sledding and building snowmen. Mama's cocoa keeps everyone warm until the song of a robin heralds the return of another spring. The illusion of movement and the excitement in Bronson's illustrations contribute to the joyful mood. Buttons, ribbons, feathers, cotton balls, and clay figures are among the colorful items that accent her flowing, somewhat abstract people and backgrounds. 2004, Carolrhoda Books, Ages 4 to 7.
Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library JournalPreS-K-Featuring a loving family of four, this charming book celebrates the highlights of each season. Favorite activities are depicted in three or four double-page illustrations and described in flowing rhymes. The parents and two children are shown enjoying the changes in weather, which engage all of their senses. For example, they smell the freshness of a spring day, feel sand between their toes in the summer, see their breath in the fall, and taste warm cocoa in the winter. The collage artwork is fresh and fun to peruse: leaves were individually cut from tissue paper, the hillside sheep were made from cotton balls, flowers were created from buttons, a duck sports a real feather, and scarves were fashioned from scraps of ribbons. With angular features and triangle-shaped bodies, the characters have a stylized appearance. Purple, orange, blue, and green dominate the color scheme, and the well-designed spreads are filled with movement. A delightful book that will work as well with one child as it will in a storytime setting.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsA cycle of seasons, illustrated in candy-heart-colored collages and observed through a child's eyes: "I know it's Spring when robins sing / and tulips give a nod, / When grass grows green / and bass are seen on Daddy's fishing rod." Constructed from cotton puffs, buttons, swatches of cloth or tissue, and the like, Bronson's art creates a stylized, fanciful world through which the pink-cheeked, pigtailed narrator dances, accompanied by parents (their gender roles clearly and conventionally defined) and a younger sibling. It's pretty-but the singsong text and natural detail that is stylized rather than accurately rendered, make this read-aloud more a bonbon than an intellectually or emotionally nourishing introduction to the annual round. (Picture book. 4-6)
- Lerner Publishing Group
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- 10.04(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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