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Yolen, Jane

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ISBN 10: 0152671404 / ISBN 13: 9780152671402
Published by Harcourt, 1986
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Yolen, Jane. RING OF EARTH; A CHILD'S BOOK OF SEASONS. NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1986. first printing. unpaginated. illustrated in color John Wallner. sq. sm. 4to. Inscribed by Jane Yolen on "For all the seasons Jane Yolen" Parent's Choice Award seal on front cover. as new hardcover in as new d/j. Bookseller Inventory # 86600

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Publisher: Harcourt

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The four seasons are viewed in poetry from the perspectives of a weasel, spring peeper, dragonfly, and goose.

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Grade 3-6 Between the covers of this brief book children will experience glorious language, gain new insight into the seasons, and pore over lush, provocative paintings. Yolen has selected four animals to sing "songs" of the various seasons. She begins with the winter song of the weasel, who changes with the winter and who, while awake, observes animals who "make their living out of sleep." She continues with the song of the spring peeper and the summer song of the dragonfly. The cycle is completed by the autumn song of the goose who flies with "no compass, no compass but the heart." Wallner's paintings incorporate the unique perspectives and partial framing found in his earlier books, such as When the Dark Comes Dancing (Philomel, 1983), but here he uses them to more advantage. The theme of cycles of seasons is played out through circular insets in each painting, an elaborate calendar mandala on the cover and title page, and in delicate wreaths throughout the book. Children will study the pictures for the small and large stories they tell, as well as for signs of the four creatures in the book. The vivid imagery will give young poets some lovely models for thinking about animals in new ways. This will make a fine companion to Myra Cohn Livingston's A Circle of Seasons (Holiday, 1982), as each helps children to feel the changing seasons in unique and beautiful ways. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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