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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081186474X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811864749
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 10.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Reminiscent of the bustle of Richard Scarry's "Busytown" (S & S), this oversize German import is divided into four sections, one for each season. At the start of each section a full page highlights several different community members, such as Pedro, who "loves to sing and play his guitar," and a cat. "Cassie travels all through the town. Can you find her in each picture?" The cartoon picture puzzle echoes Martin Handford's "Waldo" series (Candlewick). Each season is represented by seven spreads that feature cross-sections of buildings and a wealth of detail across the surrounding landscape. Viewers follow characters along their everyday activities from page to page throughout the year as the community and its members undergo changes. The illustrations are charming, and the thorough details guarantee joyful exploration.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
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This oversize identification book, similar to Richard Scarry’s volumes, opens by introducing a cast of characters for children to find as they explore eight different scenes throughout each of the seasons. Myriad details of people, places, and events, colorfully drawn in cartoon style, will have youngsters examining the pages for hours, flipping back and forth to see seasonal changes in cutaway buildings, on a farm, around town, and much more. Any given character’s appearance during a season or throughout the year conveys a story, much as in Mitsumasa Anno’s travel books. The book design, with different color borders for each season, makes the process of comparing and contrasting scenes easier. Great for generating discussions with an ESL population, this book is best shared individually or in small groups as the images and details are small, even if the pages are large. Preschool-Grade 2. --Patricia Austin

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My 2 year old daughter LOVES this book!
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The illustrations themselves are detailed and in vibrant color and the book is oversized, making it a perfect picture book for perusing and discussing with children.
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I've been poring over this picture book for hours, and every time I look, I notice something new.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By fritterer on December 12, 2008
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This is a lovely book and seems to be a classic though it's recently written. Every page is teeming with things to look at and there are many pages. No words at all, but the pictures inspire the imagination. I also purchased her "Winter Book" and love it. That one has stories, poems, and songs about winter and winter holidays and traditions around the world. I use it as a resource for teaching, but it is lovely just to look at. I can't praise Rotraut Susanne Berner enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Glyptodont on January 15, 2011
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I found this at the library and immediately went out and bought a copy for my 2-year old. That was 14 months ago, and we've read it numerous times since then.

It occupies the rare position of being not only her favorite book to read at bedtime, but mine as well (a welcome reprieve from Dora and Fancy Nancy!)

All four seasons are lovingly depicted -- and lushly detailed, but never too busy like in a "Where's Waldo?" book. Many reviewers have pointed out that something new is observed each time -- that's an understatement.

We read the Winter section (1/4 of the book) this morning and spent 45 minutes on it, looking in windows for characters we've not yet met, combing over the landscape to find animals we've not yet noticed. That should give an indication of how rich this book is.

It is set in Germany (with no text whatsoever, except for signs in the scenes, rendered in English), and there is a character or two smoking (amid 50-100 other adults in a scene not smoking) and a postage-stamp sized cartoonish Renoir nude hanging in a museum (complete with little girl giggling at it). Your parenting skills can adequately handle this, I'm guessing! Somehow I survived all those Little Golden Books where every father figure had a pipe stuck in his mouth, LOL.

Bottom line: best children's book, ever.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By smiles on December 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My family has fallen in love with Ms. Berner's books. For Christmas, Santa Claus will be bringing as many books from Ms. Berner's collection as possible. Everynight we read the German version of this book. It is actually four separate books. She has now come out with single story books detailing the life behind the characters. Every night my children pick a person each to follow in the pictures. The series of seasons allows you to see a person change and develop: a couple falls in love and then she is later pregnant, a pregnant woman has a baby, a small child grows bigger and enters preschool,and a man keeps searching for a lost friend, his goose. There are parades, birthday parties, Christmas markets, piano lessons, etc. The biggest question, which we have only lately realized, is where is Ms. Berner herself in the book. She is the woman who's back is to you on the beginning page for that season, the picture with the big tree. We have found her in all but one season.
I cannot recommend these books enough. Children at a very young age can entertain themselves be following a person and creating their own story! This collection is a must have for every new parent or grandparent. You will get lost in the books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Jones Jr. on December 20, 2008
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We have a 4+ year old and it is her favorite book. The book is broken up into 4 seasons. At the beginning of each season there are a list of persons and animals that are present in all of the seasons. There is no other words or diolouge in the pages that follow. All of the characters have their own purpose, story line icluding accidents, love and celebration. As I read through the story, over and over, other stories and relations are discovered. Our little girl knows all of the characters and loves to tell me about them. It's amazing how the story builds and builds and you too will love the time you spend with the story and your child. Cj Ann Arbor, MI
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 12, 2013
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My 3 year old son loves this book. We have has the book a good while now and we still go through it at least 4 times a week together. He just refers to it as "The Town Book". The details in each page is brilliant we keep finding new little details even now. My son loves it so much he even sleeps with it and reads it before we turn out the light and when he wakes in the morning.

The book is very well made which is a blessing as it has taken a lot of knocks and we have had it several months now. Though it is starting to fall apart now. Some of the pages are starting to fall out. Therefore I have decided to buy a second copy of the book to replace the first copy that is on its last legs.

I hope my 1 year old daughter loves this book as much as my son when she gets a little older. And if I have to buy a third copy, so be it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on February 6, 2013
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We bought this book for my almost-two-year-old daughter for Christmas and we all love it! The pictures have so much great stuff going on, and it's lots of fun to follow characters through different scenes and seasons. Anyone from ages 1 to 100 can enjoy looking through it again and again, and there's always something new to notice. It's nice that the book has both rural and urban scenes, and I like that the large size of the book makes it seem "special" to my kid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MichMom on May 25, 2012
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My husband noticed this book recently a local toy store, and visiting grandparents happily bought it for our 18 month old son. This book rapidly became a favorite for all of us. Our son loves "reading," but becomes much more absorbed in this book than those with a narrative. His vocabulary is exploding at this point, and this book is perfect for supporting that development; he enjoys picking out and naming his favorite things on each page (a guitar, keys and a wallet, swings, baby chicks, dump trucks, etc.), but the ongoing stories of so many characters as they go about their lives give us ways of telling stories and introducing him to new words and ideas. Meanwhile, the illustrations are interesting enough that adults are entertained and engrossed as well. I am shocked by the couple of reviews that would deem anything in this book as inappropriate for children. There isn't a thing here I would be worried about our child seeing at any age, and while there are a few instances in which people are depicted smoking or drinking casually, and one art exhibit that features a (very small) painting of a naked woman, I am not only not troubled by these things but am pleased that the book does not erase them from the vibrant life depicted in this town. I plan on giving this book to children I know for every occasion for which a gift is warranted.
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