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Now It Is Summer
     

Now It Is Summer

by Eileen Spinelli, Mary DePalma (Illustrator)
 

As a young mouse eagerly looks forward to everything that autumn will bring — friends at school, fallen leaves to play in, pumpkins to carve — his mother gently encourages him to join in all the summery joys that surround him right now — dancing fireflies, sunny beaches, peaches fresh from the orchard. In this delightful tale, a follow-up to her

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As a young mouse eagerly looks forward to everything that autumn will bring — friends at school, fallen leaves to play in, pumpkins to carve — his mother gently encourages him to join in all the summery joys that surround him right now — dancing fireflies, sunny beaches, peaches fresh from the orchard. In this delightful tale, a follow-up to her book Now It Is Winter, Eileen Spinelli reminds readers of all ages that they can be content in the moment and find happiness wherever they are. Children are sure to love Mary Newell DePalma's soft and whimsical paintings of mice celebrating summer.

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AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
 
Parents' Choice AwardParents' Choice Approved (2011)

Kirkus Reviews

"Reprising the theme of Now It Is Winter (2004) this companion volume is likewise (as Kirkus wrote at the time) a gentle paean to living in the now.' Constructed as a back-and-forth between a young mouse who yearns for cinnamon muffins, jack-o'-lanterns, piles of leaves, school's start and other tokens of autumn, and his mother's counter-invitations to enjoy fresh peaches, a picnic on the beach, a glass of cold lemonade and like pleasures of summer, Spinelli's narrative is less about realistic dialogue than about poetic arrangements of sounds and rhythms: 'Will it be autumn soon? / Will a leafy breeze waken me / by ruffling the curtains at my window? / Will it dapple the air with apple-y scent? / Soon?' Clad in overalls or sun dresses and sporting fur in a multiethnic variety of colors, the saucer-eared clan in DePalma's sweet illustrations enjoys its outdoorsy summer idyll in both quiet and rowdy ways as the interchange continues, the skies gradually darken to starry blues, and at last mother and child 'go barefoot down the stairs / and out into the shimmery, summery night' for some quality time together. The soft visual and verbal cadences make this as apt for bedtime reading as for providing reassurance to impatient young mouselings that present joys will indeed in time give way to future ones.' "
 
Booklist
"Over and over, in this seasonal picture book, a little mouse asks his mother, 'Will it be autumn soon?' and he describes yet another aspect of the season that fills him with longing, such as eating warm cinnamon muffins, making a Halloween costume, or watching his friends on the yellow school bus wave as it toots and stops at his house. Each time, after answering the same question yet again, his patient mother leads him back to the pleasures of summer, unfolding all around him, and encourages him to enjoy 'now.' Even children who love summer best may find themselves wavering as they listen to the single-minded character acting for fall and recalling its highlights. Clearly showing the joys of summer in scenes of mouse children at play, DePalma's nicely detailed acrylic paintings create an effective visual counterpoint to Spinelli's well-chosen words and evocative images expressing the little mouse's dreams of fall. A good choice for reading aloud at the beginning of school."

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A young mouse repeatedly inquires, "Will it be autumn soon?" He thinks about leaves and pumpkins, and riding the school bus. His mother assures him all those things will come soon enough, "but now it is summer." She reminds him of all the pleasures to enjoy—sun, lemonade, bare feet, and beach balls. The soft acrylic paintings in muted colors show a nondescript mouse family and set a calm, loving tone but lack the seasonal details of the text, which is best suited to lap or independent reading. The pattern of the text quickly becomes predictable, almost lulling, while encouraging children to enjoy each season's beauty without rushing. More a lesson on waiting patiently than on summer or fall, this is an additional purchase for most collections.—Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Reprising the theme of Now It Is Winter (2004) this companion volume is likewise (as Kirkus wrote at the time) "a gentle paean to living in the now." Constructed as a back-and-forth between a young mouse who yearns for cinnamon muffins, jack-o'-lanterns, piles of leaves, school's start and other tokens of autumn, and his mother's counter-invitations to enjoy fresh peaches, a picnic on the beach, a glass of cold lemonade and like pleasures of summer, Spinelli's narrative is less about realistic dialogue than about poetic arrangements of sounds and rhythms: "Will it be autumn soon? / Will a leafy breeze waken me / by ruffling the curtains at my window? / Will it dapple the air with apple-y scent? / Soon?" Clad in overalls or sun dresses and sporting fur in a multiethnic variety of colors, the saucer-eared clan in DePalma's sweet illustrations enjoys its outdoorsy summer idyll in both quiet and rowdy ways as the interchange continues, the skies gradually darken to starry blues, and at last mother and child "go barefoot down the stairs / and out into the shimmery, summery night" for some quality time together. The soft visual and verbal cadences make this as apt for bedtime reading as for providing reassurance to impatient young mouselings that present joys will indeed in time give way to future ones. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802853400
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/08/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,410,419
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

Now It Is SUMMER


By Eileen Spinelli

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2011 Eileen Spinelli
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8028-5340-0


Chapter One

Will it be autumn soon? Will a leafy breeze waken me by ruffling the curtains at my window? Will it dapple the air with apple-y scent? Soon?

Yes, it will be autumn soon enough, but now it is summer. Now the sun is lemony bright and the air is spattered sweet with grass cuttings. Take a deep breath.

Will it be autumn soon? Will there be warm cinnamon muffins on my breakfast plate – muffins I helped bake? Soon?

Yes, it will be autumn soon enough, but now it is summer. Now there are fresh peaches on your plate. Remember we found them yesterday at Old Country Orchard? Aren't they tasty?

Will it be autumn soon? Will we make my Halloween costume? I think I'd like to be a moppy lion this year or a floppy scarecrow.

Yes, autumn will come and we will make a lion suit or scarecrow overalls. But now it is summer. Now we need flip-flops and beach robes and ice pops from the freezer. Which flavor would you like?

Will it be autumn soon? Will the yellow school bus toot on its route to our house with all my friends waving at me? Soon?

Yes, the yellow bus will beep, beep, beep down our street in autumn. But now it is summer. Now the ferry is waiting. We'll cross the bay with your cousins for a picnic. You can carry the red-checked tablecloth. Hurry! The ferry is leaving.

Will it be autumn soon? Will I leap laughing into leaves heaped high in the backyard? Soon?

Yes, autumn will come, but now it is summer. Now you can tippy-toe into the gurgling surf. Happy splashing!

Will it be autumn soon? Will I get to choose my pumpkin from the farmer's patch? Will I carve a smiling jack-o'-lantern? Soon?

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Now It Is SUMMER by Eileen Spinelli Copyright © 2011 by Eileen Spinelli. Excerpted by permission of Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author


Eileen Spinelli's love of books began at age five,during her first visit to the local public library. 'I climbed up the steps to the children's room on the secondfloor and into a wonderland! Books everywhere . . . I didn't know which book to grab first,' she explains. 'It made no difference to me that I couldn't read.' After that,young Eileen visited the library every Saturday with hermother. After a few years of library visits, she knew shewanted to become a writer.

Mary Newell DePalma has written and illustrated several books for children, including The Strange Egg (Houghton Mifflin) and A Grand Old Tree (Scholastic), which received the IRA/CBC Children’s Choice award. Mary lives in Massachusetts.

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