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Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons Hardcover – February 25, 2014
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In 1999 Mr. Muth started what has been over a decade in children's books. He has received numerous awards and critical acclaim and worked with many talented people. He is the author and illustrator of "Zen Shorts" a Caldecott Honor book, which Kirkus Review described as "Every word and image comes to make as perfect a picture book as can be". He is the illustrator of the anthology, "A Family of Poems", with Caroline Kennedy. His book "The Three Questions" has been described as "quietly life-changing" by The New York Times.
Muth worked for over twenty years in comics and graphic novels; culminating in the industry's highest honor, an Eisner Award for "The Mystery Play".
In an interview with theÂ Paris Review, E.B. White once said, "You don't write down for children. You write up." Muth wholeheartedly agrees. "Children are completely capable of intuiting wisdom as readily as adults are... they just may not have the ability to put it into words ... [but] they get this stuff very quickly. Even the kids who come to the book (Zen Shorts) because it has a giant panda tend to come back because there's some itch that's created -- in their minds or in their hearts -- to re-examine what's going on."
Mr. Muth has had a life long interest in Asian Studies, including tai chi chuan, sumi ink drawing and chado, "the way of tea". His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and he lives with his wife Bonnie and their four children in New York.
Top Customer Reviews
Twenty-six haikus spotlight four different seasons. In the book, a panda cub named Koo and two human siblings explore fall, winter, spring and autumn in a myriad of different ways. From a snowball on a stop sign (“are we in trouble?”) to act of accidentally killing a bug (“afterward / feeling alone and Sad”) the haikus do double duty as both poems and, depending on which word is capitalized, a tour of the alphabet. Inspired by his own young twins, Muth, with seeming effortlessness, brings to young readers a fellow traveler.
Poetry is dead. I’m sorry. That sounds a bit bleak. Allow me to rephrase that sentence. Poetry for children is dead. Nope . . . nope that still sounds bleak, doesn’t it? Well it’s not true anyway . . . yet. But you see I’ve been watching the number of works of poetry published for kids the last few years and I swear that each season we get fewer and fewer and fewer. I believe a combination of different factors is to blame.Read more ›
She finds the poems (and drawings) funny. I also have been surprised that after the first night of reading this, my daughter had some of the haiku in her memory.
I find the poems really capture the feelings with seasons well. The poems are short and really capture a "moment".
Also a cute feature, each haiku has one letter capitalized as you work through the alphabet. This is especially age appropriate for my daughter and a fun game for her to find the "big letter" ABC.
1) The voice isn't the same. The voice of Koo is ethereal, sweet, and frankly more poetic than it seems in the new book. The new book are just haiku's about the seasons. Okay, fine. But I am sad because I was so looking forward to that voice.
2) I hate to be nitpicky, but here are these gorgeous watercolors with a very disarming font for the haiku's. It takes away a bit of the beauty otherwise left.
I will probably eventually buy it, but I practically ran to the store when I heard it was here locally and found myself putting it back on the shelf in search for a better connection.
Haiku traditionally is made up of seventeen sounds, but English syllables and Japanese “on” are not the same. Since traditions change, sounds are not strictly adhered to and this book takes on the more non-traditional English version of the five-seven-five syllable pattern.
In this book, Koo, an adorable panda, takes the reader through the seasons adding delight with each page and each new adventure.
Unlike traditional children’s books, there is not the comfortable rhythm that most books of the genre use. It will come across as choppy and you might lose your child’s attention, and if that is so, just use the beautiful illustrations and let your child tell you the story.
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I first checked this book out from the library but loved it so much that I had to buy it. One of my five year old daughter's favorite books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aaron
The Pictures and words were too small to see. It Looks like a fun read, but not digitally. I'm glad it was just an overdrive checkout.Published 5 months ago by Alt Dr
I buy all of Jon Muth's books for the artwork, but the stories are delightful, too.Published 6 months ago by Ann
Oh I love this book. Bought it because our 2 year old son has a thing for pandas, and quickly realized it was a great gift for both of us. Neither of us ever tires of reading it.Published 7 months ago by joe williamson
Awesome book, my 1.5 year old loves it and will prompt a lot of the pages. He also talks about it during the day (" .. Long fingers dripping, ... Reaching the ground...)Published 8 months ago by OlyWa510