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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Terrific Tuesday

Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons by Jon J Muth is breathtaking.  Working in watercolors and ink, Jon manages to go through the seasons and alphabet.  His use of words and art together are captivating.  Facial expressions, white space, and contemplation are enthralling.  I love the simplicity and intricate detail.  
I adore the red/orange maple leaf, the waiting, the little pink tongue, the surprise, the snowman, the cat, the crown, shadows, the crocus, the square eyes, the watery spring, the stillness and nests, the wet-in-wet trees and ground, fireflies, the tickle, the watery images, the imagination, and the tree trunk.  
Feelings that this title invokes are sadness, hope, laughter, calm, homesickness for childhood, a tug to take a walk in the woods, the need to pick up the phone and call a friend, playfulness, wonder, impatience for my favorite season - autumn, and awe.
Every theme for Seasons for Storytime or a teacher collection will have this title in it.  Whenever a parent wants to discuss emotions with their child, I'll suggest this title.  It could and should be used with all ages from zero to 100.
Any poet, or connoisseur of poetry, any children's librarian or teacher, all parents that want to make their child a lover of books will buy their own copy of this title. 
Sigh   Smile   Closed eyelids picturing the memory this book conjures.  Then start all over again.

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