Year for Kikoby Joung Kim, Joung Un Kim
Kiko becomes the March wind and the summer firefly, plants a seed in May, jumps in the fallen leaves of October, plays hide-and-seek with the harvest moon, and catches snowflakes. As the months pass, Kiko welcomes each new season and finds ways to celebrate the changes it brings. In free verse and with lovingly painted illustrations, the changing seasons are captured through the eyes of a little girl.
Each of 12 spreads celebrates a month as experienced by Kiko, a girl of about five. The short pieces of text are simple and childlike, and most provide a fresh slant on ordinary topics and observations: "Kiko's window is frosted white. Kiko draws a smile with her finger. The smile melts the ice." These unexpectedly poetic notions make the book specialand more than a vehicle for showing the seasons. The illustrator is most successful in her portrayals of fields and forests, with layers of brush work and visible strokes that are sometimes almost pointillistic. It lends a lush quality to the landscapes, and although Kiko is less gracefully depicted, her postures and gestures keep pace with the quiet exuberance of the text.
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