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Children's LiteratureGertrude 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.