The Turning of the Year


Sledding, splashing, catching fireflies, picking pumpkins—from January to December, each month brings a new adventure. 


Describes the characteristics of each month of the year in rhyming text and illustrations.

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Sledding, splashing, catching fireflies, picking pumpkins—from January to December, each month brings a new adventure. 


Describes the characteristics of each month of the year in rhyming text and illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Heartwarming . . . A delight any time of the year."—School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Beginning with, "In January, out I go to welcome winter's icy blow," the rhyming text of this simple picture book continues on through the year with one sentence and corresponding illustration per spread. Soft, warm watercolors combine well with the text to show us the various ways children celebrate nature's changing seasons.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2--Month by month, this heartwarming poem evokes the joys of each season. Martin's precise use of words is key to the success of the book: "In January, out I go/to welcome winter's icy blow./In February, bound with snow,/I sled the hillside, top to toe." No matter the weather, Shed's softly focused gouache-on-canvas paintings are full of warmth. He blends both contentment and exuberance into each brushstroke, offering up a pleasing portrait of each month. Full-page scenes showing the activities of a boy and a girl are accented with close-up illustrations of familiar seasonal objects--fireflies in June and mittens in December. A delight any time of the year.--Christy Norris Blanchette, Valley Cottage Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
This book on the changing faces of the months is solid Martin fare: a simple story that delights in language and word play. A short poem calls forth the character of each month: "In January, out I go/to welcome winter's icy blow." For the most part, the words and imagery are accessible, but on occasion there are more difficult words or phrasesþe.g., chrysanthemum, or "the maple's raucous shout"þto keep readers alert. The book is also a paean to rural life, with harvest fields and New England villages, a hazy September meadow of wildflowers, and a pumpkin patch, all looming large and lovingly. Shed's full-page scenes of a boy and girl living this idyll fairly shout contentment, and on every text page he includes vignettesþcandy corn for October, marbles and baseball cards for May, mittens for January—that add to the evocation. Along with Charlotte F. Otten's January Rides the Wind (1997), this is ripe for units on the seasons. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152045555
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 701,481
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Shed is the illustrator of many children's books for children including Squanto's Journey, by Joseph Bruchac, and Dandelions by Eve Bunting. He lives in San Diego, California.

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