Seasons: A Book of Poems (I Can Read Book Series)

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There is a special kind of quiet
every household knows
we hear it in our sleep
the first night it snows

In her first book written for beginning readers, Charlotte Zolotow's poetry evokes — with her signature warmth and insight — the highlights and emotions of a child's year. Erik Blegvad's drawings masterfully portray the scenes of nature, ...

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Overview

There is a special kind of quiet
every household knows
we hear it in our sleep
the first night it snows

In her first book written for beginning readers, Charlotte Zolotow's poetry evokes — with her signature warmth and insight — the highlights and emotions of a child's year. Erik Blegvad's drawings masterfully portray the scenes of nature, family, friendship, and solitude.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Looking through this reassuring beginning reader is like taking a nostalgic stroll through a miniature Norman Rockwell painting. The quiet poems and etched pen-and-ink drawings from this team, previously paired for I Like to Be Little, seem vaguely familiar children huddle in yellow raincoats under an umbrella, ride bareback on a brown farm horse or watch stars on the porch of a Victorian house. The images hark back to an uncomplicated childhood in which mothers hang out the wash on a windy day and desks have no computers. Zolotow filters each poem through the lens of a child's sense of wonder, as she describes a cat as "a furry purry lovely/ mystery" or the "special kind of quiet" that accompanies the first snow of the season. The tranquil simplicity of the verses is particularly suitable for struggling new readers. The poet captures the ineffable promise of things to come in "The Crickets" that "fill the night/ with their voices / It is like/ a message/ in another language/ spoken to a part/ of me/ who hasn't/ happened yet." Loosely organized around the seasons, the book is liberally plumped up with everyday poems about birthdays, anger, grownups, parents and more. Blegvad's landscapes gleam with the colors of the seasons and provide an ideal accompaniment for Zolotow's gentle, comforting verses. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Two old favorites strut their signature stuff in this collection for somewhat-beyond beginning readers. Divided into the four seasons, Zolotow's 40 poems, often in a child's first-person voice, are brief (4-17 lines), evocative reflections on and responses to the natural world, but they also tap feelings that children experience regardless of the season. "I'm mad at my mother and she at me"; "It's no fun days I've done something mean." The large type and short lines, the leading, the choice of words, and the lyrical repetition all make the text inviting to independent readers. Using concrete language and images for the most part, the poems occasionally venture into the abstract: "a message in another language spoken to a part of me who hasn't happened yet," which may extend their appeal to somewhat older children. Featuring youngsters in charming country settings, Blegvad's precise ink drawings are washed with a delicate full-color palette and reinforce the quiet, thoughtful mood of the selections. The winsome (if a bit generic) children are by turns pensive, inquisitive, joyous, or secretly smiling. There are several other collections of seasonal poetry available, of course, but none so attractively designed with early readers and their emotional world in mind.-Nancy Palmer, The Little School, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two venerable contributors have teamed up to make a small collection of poetry for beginning readers. The I Can Read series has usually produced fine volumes that new young readers can actually read themselves; this has the added attraction of introducing various kinds of verse forms, both rhymed and unrhymed, in very short bursts. The contents are divided by season: Eleven poems each for "Winter Bits" and "Spring Things" and nine poems each for "Summer Thoughts" and "The Feel of Fall." Not all are completely successful, but most capture that essence of perception that is good poetry. "The crickets / fill the night / with their voices- / It is like / a message / in another language / spoken to a part / of me / who hasn't / happened yet." That's "The Crickets" in its entirety. Although the city is mentioned in some verses, the imagery is decidedly rural if not downright rustic, with wooden fences, dirt roads, and meadows in evidence. Children wear helmets to ride their bikes, and carry backpacks, but the pictures are timeless, if in country mode. Blegvad (First Friends, not reviewed, etc.) is a master of the vibrant line and telling detail-every leaf blows in the wind just so; every child has his or her own specific energy or repose. A small delight. (Poetry. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060518547
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/30/2003
  • Series: I Can Read Book 3 Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Zolotow—author, editor, publisher, and educator—has one of the most distinguished reputations in the field of children's literature. She has written more than seventy books, many of which are picture-book classics, such as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present and William's Doll. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Erik Blegvad is the distinguished illustrator of over a hundred books for children. He divides his time between London and Vermont.

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