Four Seasons of Fun: Egg Hunts! Fireworks! Pumpkins! Reindeer!
by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Set against the backdrop of a magnificent apple tree, this book uses poetry to cycle through the changes of the four seasons. Beginning with springtime, rhyming couplets take young readers through seasonal activities such as kite flying in the spring, summertime picnicking, fall trick-or-treating, all the way to building snowmen in the winter, before cycling back to spring again. One verse in each season references a major holiday, including Easter and Christmas.
- Dewey: [E]
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585364039): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2018, 12/01/2018
- PDF (9781534126435): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2018, 12/01/2018
- Hosted ebook (9781534126565): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2018, 12/01/2018
- Subject: Language Arts
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 7
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
- Lexile® Measure: 730
- Guided Reading Level: L
- JUVENILE FICTION / Poetry (see also Stories in Verse) (JUV070000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween (JUV017030)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Thanksgiving (JUV017060)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent (JUV017010)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Seasons (JUV009100)
Kirkus Reviews - Four Seasons of Fun
Reviewed on 17 September 2018
A rhyming look at all the fun to be had during a year of seasonal changes. An apple tree anchors the book, its branches visually portraying each of the seasons: “Glittering sunbeams make a golden crown / for a tree that is wearing a blossom gown.” Daigneault’s illustration here shows the tree heavily laden with pinkish blossoms, the top of the tree tinged yellow from the rays of the sun. Opposite the tree, a groundhog emerges. This sets up a pattern, as Edwards introduces an animal and how it experiences the season (in summer, birds feed their chicks in the nest, for example) before two double-page spreads show how children enjoy it. In autumn: “Racing the field, taking aim, / Helping your team to win the game.” A Hallmark holiday is included in each season: Easter (hunting eggs and bunny treats), the Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas (leaving out cookies for Santa). This book is best shared with an adult, as text on the introductory spreads is in cursive, and children may need help with some of the heightened language and imagery on these pages, gorgeous though they are. The illustrations are realistic and portray both beautiful nature scenes and children enjoying the suburban outdoors (only three activities take place indoors). The kids have varied skin tones and hair textures, though they do not appear to be economically diverse. Books about the seasons abound. This one’s mentions of specific holidays may limit its audience.
Author: Pamela Duncan Edwards
Pamela Duncan Edwards, a New York Times–bestselling author, has written more than seventy fiction and nonfiction picture books, including B is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet and O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet for Sleeping Bear Press. Her books have earned many starred reviews and awards, including the California Young Reader Medal and the Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children’s Literature. Pamela was born and brought up in a small English town before moving to the United States with her husband, two sons, and their dog. She now lives happily in the beautiful state of Virginia. Learn more about her at pameladuncanedwards.com.
Illustrator: Sylvie Daigneault
Sylvie Daigneault is originally from Montreal, Quebec, where she studied painting at L’École des Beaux-Arts. Her vivid and detailed imagery has appeared on packaging, posters, and in editorial work. She is the writer–illustrator of the Bruno series, and her illustrations are featured in numerous children’s books, including Piece By Piece, Sarah Saw a Blue Macaw, All on a Sleepy Night, and The Good Garden. Learn more about her work at www.behance.net/sylviedaigneault
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