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Summer Is Summer
     

Summer Is Summer

by Phillis Gershator, David Gershator, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
 

School is out and it's the perfect time to explore the magic of summer!

What is summer? For so many children summer is lemonade and salty air, baseball and ice cream, fireflies and starry nights, and much, much more. Join four friends as they explore the outdoor world of summer and all its sensory pleasures. Phillis and David Gershator's evocative language

Overview

School is out and it's the perfect time to explore the magic of summer!

What is summer? For so many children summer is lemonade and salty air, baseball and ice cream, fireflies and starry nights, and much, much more. Join four friends as they explore the outdoor world of summer and all its sensory pleasures. Phillis and David Gershator's evocative language and Sophie Blackall's imaginative pictures celebrate this fun-filled season.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) once coined the classic phrase, "A rose is a rose is a rose." Her words are the inspiration for Summer is Summer. With lyrical language, Phyllis and David Gershator take readers on an imaginative voyage through a summery landscape. The book begins on a poetic note, "A rose is a rose / And everything grows / When summer is summer is summer." Visions of bees, trees, and children playing tumble off the page. Sophie Blackall takes the reader through the landscape of childhood, exquisitely capturing the wonder of seeing things for the first time. The July afternoons filled with lemonade sales, a game of hide-and-seek, a cloud castle, and a day at the beach, complete with a sandpail and a sculpture of the Empire State Building, are painted scenes within this book. When young readers close the pages of this story, they will be ready to notice more details in their vivid summer landscape. Readers of all ages will return to Summer is Summer, remembering summers past and creating memories of summers present at the same time. The words and pictures complement each other, acting as a musical composition upon the pages of this colorful landscape. 2006, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 3 to 6.
—Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In a book that echoes not only Gertrude Stein's "A rose is a rose is a rose" (quoted on the dedication page) but also the languorous feeling of summer, four friends spend their time enjoying outdoor activities. From cloud watching and exploring to a carnival and a baseball game to sneezing during a walk through a field, the youngsters engage in a celebration of the season. The rhyming text is bouncy and brief and captures the exhilaration of this time of year with its seemingly endless days and opportunities for fun. ("A rose is a rose/And everything grows-/When summer is summer is summer./A bee is a bee is a bee./A tree is a tree is a tree./Cool in the shade,/Pink lemonade-/Summer is summer is summer"). Whimsical watercolor illustrations feature a dreamy world of fantasy and reality, with layered perspectives and strong patterns that undulate across the spreads. The pages are saturated with color, as vivid hues evoke the lush greenery, the dazzling blue skies, and the warm shades of the children's clothing. The youngsters, who are from different ethnic backgrounds, have round, animated faces that shine with contentment. This offering is perfect for one-on-one sharing and for early readers, who will delight in the scenes of summer.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Gertrude Stein's "A rose is a rose is a rose" serves as the poetic structure for this somewhat surrealistic examination of summer's pleasures. Two brother and sister pairs explore a variety of summertime activities: playing near a creek and a beach, attending a baseball game, visiting an amusement park at night. The short, rhyming text introduces paired elements that convey the sights and sounds and tastes of summer, from pink lemonade sipped under a tree in the heat of the day to ice-cream cones on the front porch in the evening. Though the summer activities are traditional, Blackall's watercolor illustrations add a more modern slant, with an enormous rose as tall as a tree as the beginning and ending images. The two girls on the cover illustration are enjoying an old-fashioned swing with a wooden seat, but they are swinging higher than the kites that their brothers are flying, conveying the magical quality of childhood's sunny summer days. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805074444
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 11.19(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Phillis and David Gershator have collaborated on Bread Is for Eating, a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection. They live in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Sophie Blackall is the illustrator of Meet Wild Boars and Ruby's Wish. A native of Australia, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two children.

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