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Gather up, Gather In: A Book of Seasons
     

Gather up, Gather In: A Book of Seasons

by Mary-Claire Helldorfer, Judy Pedersen (Illustrator)
 

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Autumn is Halloween spooks. Winter is ice-skating over moon-white ice. Spring is the storms that bring flowers. Summer is twirling under water sprinklers. This book, with its child's-eye view of the unfolding seasons, its spare yet lyrical text and luminous illustrations, is perfect for sharing the joys of each passing season with young ones.

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Autumn is Halloween spooks. Winter is ice-skating over moon-white ice. Spring is the storms that bring flowers. Summer is twirling under water sprinklers. This book, with its child's-eye view of the unfolding seasons, its spare yet lyrical text and luminous illustrations, is perfect for sharing the joys of each passing season with young ones.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From autumn's ``gathering in'' and winter's ``secrets'' to the unstoppable rush of spring and the ripening ``roundness'' of summer, this prose poem hums in quiet four-part harmony. Wreathing familiar, universal memories around the essences of each season, the text happens upon felicitous associations: youngsters' arms and legs poke through outgrown clothing just as flowers pop out of the spring-wet earth; in late summer a child twirls in a sprinkler ``till the trees spin,/ and the leaves turn,/ and one leaf twirls/ down.'' Helldorfer's (Clap Clap!) dense, imagery-laden text will stimulate repeat readings. Pedersen's oil pastel illustrations illuminate common scenes with uncommon color, yet never distract from Helldorfer's plush language. A lovely way to incline children's minds toward the rhythms of prose as well as those of the seasons. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-This lovely prose poem celebrates the rituals and pleasures of the seasons through the creation of glorious and memorable images. Many of the simple joys and wonders that children might happen upon or engage in are revealed both in the beautifully turned phrases and in the expressive, impressionistic paintings. The colors used to reflect each time of year are well chosen, from the vivid reds and yellows of autumn to the subdued browns and whites of winter. This fine book can be enjoyed as poetry on its own terms or used to introduce the subject and stimulate discussion.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Mary Harris Veeder
Although the pictures can be enjoyed by preschool youngsters, the unifying theme--every season has its time of gathering up and gathering in--will be best appreciated by slightly older children. Seasonal transitions are handled with a special touch: each season is presented as a singular force that stops the previous season. The pictures, which are more evocative than realistic, show the activities of children and families as well as what goes on in the natural world. Trick-or-treating, for example, is part of autumn's harvest gathering, and outgrowing last year's clothes is part of spring's new growth. With artwork that often honors a child's point of view, this is an appealing book that children will enjoy and teachers will be able to use throughout the year.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670847525
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.86(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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