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From the PublisherThe Washington Post A picture book for all seasons.
Publishers Weekly An oversize, square format right away announces that his book is special, and the contents live up to the heightened expectations...Haas wraps [her story] up in gorgeous illustrations whose sumptuous imagery and sultry compositions virtually define romance and mystery...The art is spellbindingly lavish...A treasure of images, this is a book to savor.
Kirkus Reviews An opulent book that sports sumptuous watercolors, a lively tempo, and clever energy...Haas touches the story with rhyme here and there, infuses it with hope and old-fashioned enchantment, and loads the artwork with details that continue to reveal themselves upon additional readings.
The New York Times Book Review This is an old-fashioned, lavish, and child-friendly storybook. The format is large, the paper is creamy, and Ms. Haas's gorgeous and fully developed watercolor paintings are delicate and filled with curious details that a child can ponder during the day as well as at bedtime...A Summertime Song is gentle, sweet, and intimate...This is a song with a happy, perfect resolution...Don't we need one magic night of perfect resolution, a dance in a circle where everyone holds hands? Such is the graceful dance done to A Summertime Song.
The Washington Post Irene Haas's latest work may be called A Summertime Song, but it is a picture book for all seasons...I can think of no more sumptuous effort in the history of American picture books...Here is a lush, oversized volume with generous, cream-colored pages and the heady fragrance of old printer's ink. It looks and smells like a classic...Haas has captured that early moment in one's life when the whole world is full of wonders, just before the Wild Things set in...Savor A Summertime Song.