Tell Me a Season


A cheerful picture book that explores the seasons and describes each in terms of colors.

Nature displays different colors to announce the seasons of the year and the time of day.

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A cheerful picture book that explores the seasons and describes each in terms of colors.

Nature displays different colors to announce the seasons of the year and the time of day.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This unassuming book observes the cycles of a year and a day, moving both through the seasons and through the course of a day-from "Spring morning" to "Winter night." First-time author Siddals's plain, restrained text throws no curves, mainly serving to gently structure the series of paintings. Mathers's Sophie and Lou watercolors shift in palette as well as imagery. Her compositions encompass the dusky purplish browns "brown mud/ brown trees" of early spring warming to the clear, bright "green/ green/ green" of summer vegetation; rich, mellow fall tones give way to winter's "snow white" and "shadows black." She shows the glowing yellow sun of midsummer, the ripe red sunset of autumn, the remote moon of the winter sky. A red house painted in a naf style provides readers with a steady, year-round point of reference; joyful children and a goofy dog play under the yard's changing trees, season permitting. Mathers's illustrations convey a disarming innocence, making this a book of simple but deeply gratifying pleasures. Ages 3-6. Mar.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This wonderful book is for the very young. Parents and caregivers won't mind reading it over and over. No more than six words to a page, and usually with only two to four, this tiny book introduces colors and seasons, from spring morning to winter night. The illustrations are simple, but beautifully colored and exquisitely drawn.
School Library Journal
PreSThis small and simple concept book describes the colors in a spring morning, a summer day, a fall evening, and a winter night. Four specific scenes lead up to each panoramic double-page spread that features a farmhouse with a girl and a boy, a cat and a dog. Siddals's appropriately straightforward and economical text is brought to life by Mathers's folksy watercolors. On facing single pages, she balances the colors and images well, sometimes even continuing the same background from one frame to the next. In her double-page spreads, she includes details that readers can trace from one season to the next a toy sailboat in the window comes outside for summer play, but returns to its window in the fall; a clothesline is put up in summer and taken down for winter, introducing earliest readers to story line in a book. The careful finishing touches of a smiling sun on the title page, and a smiling, sleeping moon above the final page's "Good night" reflect the thoughtful execution of this fine book. It is well done without being overdone, and the size a square seven inches is just right.Nina Lindsay, Vista School, Albany, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Colors define the four seasons in this compact look at nature's annual cycle. In Siddals's first book, children can aquaint themselves with spring, summer, fall, and winter through short (1218 words) verse and simple paintings. The operative word is minimalist—the text is spare and Mathers's paintings uncluttered: A yellow ball of sun or a streak of blue sky occupies an entire page. Each season is introduced with a color—"snow white/shadows black/black sky/white lights/black and white: Winter night"—and ends with one house, depicted four times in folksy scenes set against the appropriate seasonal landscape. The characteristic flat perspective, clean lines, and pleasing colors that mark Mathers's work add up to soothing effect, and the pages will be smudged by the enthusiastic pointing of little fingers.
From the Publisher

"Colors define the four seasons in this compact look at nature's annual cycle. In Siddals's first book, children can acquaint themselves with spring, summer, fall and winter through short verse and simple paintings." Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756908126
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Petra Mathers is the illustrator of many books for children, including Mary Siddal's Tell Me a Season. She is the author-illustrator of many more books, including Theodor and Mr. Balbini, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for Children. She lives in Astoria, Oregon.
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