Words and pictures evoke the changing seasons
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A lyrical prose poem that celebrates the four seasons using fresh, inventive images and luminous illustrations. Autumn is presented as a gathering time; images of grapes and geese, squirrels and leaves, nuts and Halloween candy are skillfully woven together. Winter is a time of secrets buried in ice, with mysterious footprints in the snow. Spring is a dream that begins in winter and eventually spills forth, with warm showers, bright blossoms, and seeds like shining wishes. Summer spins around, with lights and fireworks, waves and hills. The only quibble here is with the intended age group: Very young readers will find the entire concept too abstract, although they may respond to the gorgeously colored pictures. This would serve a slightly older (at least five) audience better, so save it for a while. Altogether, a beautiful, imaginative rendering of seasonal changes and what they feel like to those who are experiencing them. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
From autumn's "gathering in" and winter's "secrets" to the unstoppable rush of spring and the ripening "roundness" of summer, this prose poem hums in quiet four-part harmony. Wreathing familiar, universal memories around the essences of each season, the text happens upon felicitous associations: youngsters' arms and legs poke through outgrown clothing just as flowers pop out of the spring-wet earth; in late summer a child twirls in a sprinkler "till the trees spin,/ and the leaves turn,/ and one leaf twirls/ down." Helldorfer's (Clap Clap!) dense, imagery-laden text will stimulate repeat readings. Pedersen's oil pastel illustrations illuminate common scenes with uncommon color, yet never distract from Helldorfer's plush language. A lovely way to incline children's minds toward the rhythms of prose as well as those of the seasons. Ages 3-8.
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Book Description Viking Juvenile, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110670847526