J. Patrick Lewis July Is a Mad Mosquito

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July Is a Mad Mosquito

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A collection of poems, one for each month of the year and a final poem that draws all the months together, explores the special events and characteristics of various times throughout the year.

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PreSchool-Grade 3-The moods, colors, and sounds associated with seasonal changes are explored in these 12 short verses, one for each month of the year. Lewis also muses about the causes and effects of such occurrences. In April, for instance, two earthworms crawl plainly into view, making a pair of robins sing. Sara Coleridge's January Brings the Snow (Dial, 1989) and Marilyn Singer's Turtle in July (Macmillan, 1989) make similar observations. Josette Frank collects selections by Wadsworth, John Updike, and Rachel Field, accompanied by paintings by Thomas Locker, in Snow Toward Evening (Dial, 1990). However, Lewis's sensitive and imaginative voice is a welcome addition to the literature. A full-color, double-spread impressionistic painting interprets the activity in each poem, while a six-stanza verse summarizes the entire year. An enjoyable volume that should enliven and enhance most poetry collections.
Judy Greenfield, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Twelve diverse poems characterize the months of the year in this energetic picture book. A spread is devoted to each month; about three-fourths of the spread features Hall's (see Shanty Boat , reviewed above) zippy full-color collagraphs while the text claims the remaining space. Lewis's imagery reflects the various seasons--an April window pane is "blue-rinsed with rain"; children "swarm / like fish to school" in September. In places where the language is occasionally strained, "Safely under / The weather, Mole /Sleeps at his subway stop," Hall's literal interpretations should clear up any confusion. Her mottled palette alternates between warm and cool hues, matching the weather conditions depicted in the poem. A pleasant, though not particularly innovative, look at the calendar. Ages 7-10.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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