From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2. A compilation of poems, songs, fingerplays, and activities arranged by season. Some holidays are included, but the emphasis is on the experience and observation of nature. The main strength of this collection is that it shows so many ways to celebrate the various months, from poetry to baking projects. However, there is an old-fashioned look and tone to the material. The poems (many of them written by the author) and songs tend to be long and rather precious, with many a fairy and babbling brook, and far too much use of the word "o'er." Many of the crafts and recipes are quite difficult, with bare-bones instructions. Adults looking for seasonal activities and poetry will be better served by many other resources, including Kathy Charner's The Giant Encyclopedia of Circle Time and Group Activities for Children 3 to 6 (Gryphon Pr., 1996); 1001 Rhymes and Fingerplays (Warren Publ., 1994); Karen Sevaly's Classroom Celebrations (Teacher's Friend, 1991); the "Little Hands" series of craft and activity books (Williamson); and countless wonderful books of children's poetry.?Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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From Kirkus Reviews
A must-have collection for Waldorf teachers or others already acquainted with the Rudolph Steiner philosophy of education. Jones puts together an unusual selection of songs, poems, and activities for young children, organized by season, intended for use by parents and teachers, especially those involved or interested in the Waldorf methods. The book is a treasure trove to browse; unfortunately, the author does not explain, through commentary or example, how children can use the material, and assumes readers will come to the book with prior knowledge of the notion of learning through play. It is a lovely collection, with limited application. (index) (Anthology. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.