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Four Seasons Make a Year

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Each season brings new surprises and discoveries. In the spring, leaves sprout, showers come, and it's time for planting. Bees buzz and roses bloom as summer arrives. The fall turns pumpkins orange and leaves red and gold, and the wind grows cold. In wintertime, snow twirls down, and the flames in the fireplace leap and glow. Next year, it will all happen again, but it will be a little different, too. Everything is always growing and changing on a farm. Beloved author Anne Rockwell takes young readers through the...

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Overview

Each season brings new surprises and discoveries. In the spring, leaves sprout, showers come, and it's time for planting. Bees buzz and roses bloom as summer arrives. The fall turns pumpkins orange and leaves red and gold, and the wind grows cold. In wintertime, snow twirls down, and the flames in the fireplace leap and glow. Next year, it will all happen again, but it will be a little different, too. Everything is always growing and changing on a farm. Beloved author Anne Rockwell takes young readers through the year. Megan Halsey's charming collage illustrations are the perfect complement to this delightful introduction to the wonders of the seasons.

Describes the passing of the seasons through the changes in plants and animals that occur on a farm.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This fourth collaboration on a nature topic, Four Seasons Make a Year by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Megan Halsey, takes readers on a journey through the year, marking time with the equinoxes, solstices and agricultural rhythms. Each season, readers see the transformations underway on a girl's farm (particularly that of a sunflower planted during the spring rains-by summer, the flower dwarfs the girl, by fall, it "droops its huge blossom, heavy with seeds"). Halsey works in collage composed of cutouts of her own inked and painted drawings, giving the compositions a shadow box feel. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Starting with spring, a little girl explains the changes in the seasons in her northeastern United States rural neighborhood. Readers follow the progress of the plants (including a pear tree she has planted as well as one sunflower seed at her back door), animals, and the weather until deep snow falls. In addition, they notice the many small chores, daily activities, the starting of school for the little girl, and aspects of New England life. (In an afterword, Rockwell reminds readers that this is just one regional look at seasonal changes and where she used to live, in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the settings would be very different. She hopes readers will think about the changes in their own neighborhoods). Halsey uses heavy colored borders around large objects and a flat background color which makes her cut paper illustrations stand out. Collaged bits of various editions of The Old Farmer's Almanac are faintly seen behind the text, so faintly that young readers may not notice. Endpapers include calendar pages of an unspecified year that would suggest that children might investigate the months of this year's calendar and fill in what they notice as the year progresses in their neck of the woods. A quietly effective look at the seasons. 2004, Walker, Ages 4 to 8.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A girl describes the seasons on her family's farm in the northeastern United States: weather; development of vegetables, flowers, trees; birds' activities; chores; and her favorite pursuits. Beginning in the spring, she plants a sunflower seed and follows the plant's growth throughout the year. The clear and airy text appears on a narrow panel on each spread along with some spot art. The mixed-media illustrations reflect the simplicity of Rockwell's text. Faint collaged bits of The Old Farmer's Almanac behind the text add interest. Halsey uses an inventive device among her more conventional illustrations: she creates a visual flannel-board landscape that appears repeatedly bearing flat, felt-type images (farmhouse, tractor, trees, barn, and scarecrow) with appropriate seasonal details. A clear and general introduction to the cyclical formation of the calendar.-Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this rather blinkered tour through the annual cycle, a child tallies the exact dates of the solstices and equinoxes while observing natural changes that mark each season. Some of those observations are simplistic-in spring: "Every day the air gets warmer." "June 21st is the first day of summer. Green sprouts spring up from the field." The possibility that seasons might not be so distinct beyond the author's New England home is acknowledged only in an inconspicuous, small-type note. In characteristically clear, uncluttered illustrations, Halsey places the young narrator/naturalist in a generic rural setting. Previous Rockwell/Halsey collaborations, such as One Bean (1998) and Two Blue Jays (2003), introduce narrower topics to young children more successfully; for a basic but more inclusive introduction to the seasons, there are plenty of other choices. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802788832
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 273,452
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.23 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Rockwell is the author of Two Blue Jays; Becoming Butterflies; One Bean; Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night; and the author and illustrator of Welcome to Kindergarten and Big Wheels for Walker & Company. School Library Journal called her “a veteran author of books for the very young.” Anne lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Megan Halsey has illustrated several children’s books. School Library Journal said of Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night, “Halsey’s . . . paper sculptures . . . are full of striking color combinations and intriguing shadow play, [making it] the perfect book to capture and keep the attention of young readers.” She collaborated with Anne Rockwell on Two Blue Jays; Becoming Butterflies; One Bean; and Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night for Walker & Company. Megan lives in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

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