Jamake Highwater Songs for the Seasons

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Songs for the Seasons

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"Highwater describes the changes in nature as plants and animals respond to the seasons. Speidel's soft paintings fill the pages and balance the strong verbal imagery that celebrates the ever-changing natural world. Teachers and librarians looking for a book on the subject will find this one appealing. Information about the red-tailed hawk that appears in each picture is appended."--Booklist.

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Jamake Highwater is the author of a number of books for children, including The Ceremony of Innocence, a 1985 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and I Wear the Morning Star, a 1988 IRA Young Adult Choice. Mr. Highwater lives in Hampton, CT.

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Speidel (Coconut Kind of Day) focuses on a pair of red-tailed hawks in her atmospheric chalk pastels for this sonorous poem about seasonal change. In summer, the hawks fly above the meadow, which "clicks and clatters/ in the fierce heat"; in the winter, they "glide in the cloudless sky." Like the work of Ed Young, Speidel's muted illustrations are scumbled and impressionistic; each turn of the page reveals another sweeping panorama, aptly matching Highwater's (Moonsong Lullaby) reverent tones. Much of the language is rich and poignant (e.g., the Moon "sings silver in the blue-black sky"). But the syntax and content can be complex ("Tall trees that seemed forever lost?/ fragile victims of winter's kill/ amaze the morning with their mysteries/ as a new spring is born of an old winter/ .../ and death itself lies dead"), and well beyond the sensibilities of young readers. Ages 5-up.
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