Author: Rosenberry, Vera
Brand: Brand: Holiday House
Number Of Pages: 32
Release Date: 01-04-1999
Details: Product Description This brightly illustrated tale with poetic verse celebrates the different charms and wonders of each of the four seasons. From Publishers Weekly Rosenberry's (The Outside Inn) brief verse pairs a description of the seasons with the activities they inspire. Vivid full-bleed watercolors alternate with a starker illustration of a boy and girl that also incorporates one of the words from the title. For example, the spread "Autumn is when/ the fluttery pile of dry leaves grows" shows the children raking; turn the page for "And you jump/ so high in the crunch and smell," and the letters of the word "jump" form an ascending arc, completed by the descent of the children on the facing page. Then the luminous, full-color background reappears (e.g., the children, finished with their jump, "sink, sink, sink down,/ the sky above./ Then you jump again"). Unfortunately, the design sometimes works against the text. The words "sink, sink, sink down" are printed in the blue sky, while the line "the sky above" appears in the dirt at the bottom of the page. While some illustrations are effectiveAspring's wind-swept bluebells and the winter swans "fly[ing] up/ from pale dry reeds" in particularARosenberry's depiction of the children's faces is inconsistent. The plump face of the boy wading in the stream does not seem to match with the wizened, spindly fellow pictured two spreads later, and the girl appears to change features on nearly every page. An uneven effort. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 2 In free verse, Rosenberry introduces two children and their activities throughout the year. In summer, they "Run/barefoot/over cool, dewy grass/Catching lightning bugs in a jar." In autumn, the youngsters "jump high/in the crunch and smell" of a "fluttery pile of dry leaves." The exuberant illustrations, done primarily in watercolor, are realistic in nature. The text is simple, yet lyrical. Pair Run, Jump, Whiz, Splash with Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf (Harcourt, 1991) or Denise Fleming's In the Small, Small Pond (Holt, 1995) for a lively storyhour on the seasons. Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review Two friends enjoy seasonal outdoor actions. Rosenberry expands the poetic text by depicting the bouncy friends as male and female, white and black. Charming. A 1999 Parents' Choice® Silver Honor Winner. (Kemie Nix, Parents' Choice®). -- From About the Author Vera Rosenberry has created numerous picture books for children, including When Vera Was Sick, Vera Runs Away, and other books about Vera. The mother of two grown children, Ms. Rosenberry lives in Cambridgeshire, England, with her husband.
Package Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches