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Summer Days and Nights

Summer Days and Nights

by Wong Herbert Yee
     
 

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On a hot summer day, a little girl finds ways to entertain herself and stay cool. She catches a butterfly, sips lemonade, jumps in a pool, and goes on a picnic. At night, she sees an owl in a tree and a frog in a pond, and hears leaves rustling. Before long, she's fast asleep, dreaming about more summer days and summer nights.

As with his earlier books featuring

Overview

On a hot summer day, a little girl finds ways to entertain herself and stay cool. She catches a butterfly, sips lemonade, jumps in a pool, and goes on a picnic. At night, she sees an owl in a tree and a frog in a pond, and hears leaves rustling. Before long, she's fast asleep, dreaming about more summer days and summer nights.

As with his earlier books featuring this spunky little girl, Wong Herbert Yee's focus is on appreciating the small but special details that define a season.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This lilting picture book stars the same winsome heroine as Yee’s previous seasonal outings, Who Likes Rain? and Tracks in the Snow. Nostalgic and old-fashioned, it envisions a place where a child can tiptoe through a meadow of daisies, observe insects, hear a mouse rustle, and spot a barn owl in a tree. The first-person narrative nicely encourages readers to discover these natural treasures along with the main character: “Buzz-buzz-buzz!/ What’s this I see?/ A black-and-yellow bumblebee!” Yee’s hazy and delicate colored pencil illustrations are gemlike (a quality enhanced by the book’s small trim size) and suffused with the warm light of summer. A dazzling yet quiet introduction to the world of nature experienced by an inquisitive toddler. Ages 2–6. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

“...equally perfect for a storyhour or a cozy bedtime tale that will inspire summertime dreamers.” —School Library Journal

“Fans of these books will no doubt look forward to a story about fall. . .” —Horn Book Magazine

“A dazzling…introduction to the world of nature experienced by an inquisitive toddler.” —Publishers Weekly

“Children who are not usually attracted to quiet picture books will find themselves first drawn in by the guessing game and then rewarded by the entire experience. Fine strokes of color softly define the shapes of characters and settings, visually expressing the many sensory images found in the verse. . . . Simple and engaging.” —Booklist, starred review on Who Likes Rain

“A perfect read-aloud for preschoolers and simple enough for beginning readers. Soft, gentle illustrations in acrylics capture the child's joy and make readers almost feel the pelting rain. A lovely choice for spring storytimes.” —School Library Journal on Who Likes Rain

“The easy, unforced rhymes may appeal to adult reader and child viewer alike, while the contrast between the fallen snow and the warm tones of flesh and covering sets up a delightful balancing act. . . . Tracks in the Snow lays down a trail well worth following.” —The New York Times Book Review on Tracks in the Snow

“The simple rhyming text encourages chanting along; Yee's colored pencil illustrations are meticulously drawn . . . providing a quiet softness for this gentle, cozy winter tale.” —The Horn Book on Tracks in the Snow

“A tender celebration of the season.” —School Library Journal on Tracks in the Snow

“Readers will feel all the invigorating chill and quiet beauty of winter.” —Publishers Weekly on Tracks in the Snow

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Like Who Likes Rain and Tracks in the Snow, Wong Herbert Lee's latest work continues his celebration of the seasons to summer. Like the first two, this book is also quiet and lovely. The story follows a little girl from morning to night in her country home. The soft colored pencil illustrations help spin the story of a day that includes a picnic and a visit to night time creatures in the nearby fields. The text is minimal, told in the voice of the little girl in rhymed couplets—though Lee creates a special effect by the way he will break one couplet between two pages. Thus, the little girl in her pool asks "What's this I see?" and on the next page, exclaims "a black-and yellow bumblebee" with the illustration showing her peering at the insect in a bed of peonies. Details in the text and illustrations make it clear that the little girl is part of a loving (and possibly expanding) family. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This companion to Tracks in the Snow (2003) and Who Likes Rain? (2007, both Holt) continues the story of an Asian girl's exploration of the seasons. Youngsters will relate to the concrete, sensory images of the simple, rhyming text told in the child's voice. The soft-focus colored-pencil illustrations capture the universal pleasures of summer. A knowing balance is depicted between those activities that the child can independently enjoy (catching butterflies, sipping cool lemonade, listening at her window to the night sounds) and those that require a modicum of parental involvement and reassurance (filling up the splashing pool, playing hide-and-seek after a picnic supper in the park, listening to nocturnal hoots and noises out of doors). The layout varies pleasingly from portraitlike vignettes to spot art surrounded by white space to full-page bleeds, all encased in a small trim size just right for small hands. This understated gem is equally perfect for a storyhour or a cozy bedtime tale that will inspire summertime dreamers.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
The New York Times
…small in scale but large-hearted in scope…Yee uses a free-associative first-person narrative to capture, beautifully, the meandering, quotidian episodes of a child's day outdoors.
—Pamela Paul

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805090789
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
251,192
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Wong Herbert Yee is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the popular Fireman Small series. He lives with his wife and daughter in Troy, Michigan.

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