From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4. Each of these 12 short poems, accompanied by a glorious double-page oil painting, captures the essence of its subject?"May's arms are filled with babies,/she spills them everywhere" and "September squeezes what is left of summer/into night-cool cider." The combined effect of text and art is stunning?Doney's light-dappled trees in brilliant shades of yellow and orange show that "October smolders." A fox stands still on a moonlit road while "November swaddles stars." Other scenes show different children engaged in seasonal activities?building a snowman, chasing fireflies, picking pumpkins?set against vivid country landscapes. Words and paintings together form a glowing, sensual salute to the seasons.?Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
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From Kirkus Reviews
Otten's first children's book offers one vivid short poem for every month of the year: ``February turns everything to gray,'' ``June measures time until the longest day becomes the shortest night,'' and ``September squeezes what is left of summer into night-cool cider,'' etc. Doney's gorgeous, impressionistic paintings combine perfectly with the simple resplendence of Otten's poems, using light and shadow to draw readers into the shade of a willow in April, to the apple-blossom snow of May, and to the baked heat of a July afternoon. Text and art connect seasonal images with nature, people, animals, and home, finally bringing the children seen in the paintings inside for a firelight reading of the same book readers are holding. A splendid walk through the months. (Picture book. 4-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.