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Listen, Listen LB Board book – September 1, 2008

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In this ode to the seasons, the sights and sounds of a picturesque country village are artfully evoked. Under the summer sun, 'Leaves rustle, hammocks sway. Splish, splash, children play.' In autumn, 'Pumpkins ripen, quick, quick. Apples, corn pick, pick.' During winter, 'Crunch, crunch, boots clomp. Grown-ups shovel, children romp./Skaters spin, skiers glide. Zip, zoom, slip, slide.' When spring arrives, 'Pop, pop, bulbs sprout. Leaves grow, flowers shout.' Jay's crackled-varnish paintings have a nostalgic, folk-art quality. The rhyming, onomatopoeic text wraps around the busy scenes, and the words and art together provide a smooth transition between the seasons: 'summer's gone' is illustrated with a swarm of insects buzzing off the page. An appended 'can you see' game encourages close examination of the changing landscapes. Children will be inspired to 'listen, listen' in their own environments. --School Library Journal<br /><br />Jay's stylized pictures, with the texture of ancient frescos, are a window into a world in which the buzz of an insect and the whoosh of the wind lend surprising emotion. Illustrations filled with snowmen, anthropomorphized animals, and people running through a leaf-swept field will make children long to discover what is just over a hill or around the next bend. Capturing a summer idyll reading in a hammock with the same care as a warm evening by the fireplace, Jay invests each image with both joy and melancholy. This jewel of a book will draw children back again and again. --Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

In this ode to the seasons, the sights and sounds of a picturesque country village are artfully evoked. Under the summer sun, 'Leaves rustle, hammocks sway. Splish, splash, children play.' In autumn, 'Pumpkins ripen, quick, quick. Apples, corn pick, pick.' During winter, 'Crunch, crunch, boots clomp. Grown-ups shovel, children romp./Skaters spin, skiers glide. Zip, zoom, slip, slide.' When spring arrives, 'Pop, pop, bulbs sprout. Leaves grow, flowers shout.' Jay's crackled-varnish paintings have a nostalgic, folk-art quality. The rhyming, onomatopoeic text wraps around the busy scenes, and the words and art together provide a smooth transition between the seasons: 'summer's gone' is illustrated with a swarm of insects buzzing off the page. An appended 'can you see' game encourages close examination of the changing landscapes. Children will be inspired to 'listen, listen' in their own environments. --School Library Journal

About the Author

Phillis Gershator has written more than twenty-five books for children. She has worked as a children's librarian and enjoys cooking, gardening, and especially reading. Phillis lives in the US Virgin Islands with her husband and frequent co-author, David. This is her first project with Barefoot Books. Alison Jay lives and works in London. A graduate in illustration from the London College of Printing, Alison has been illustrating children's books for over a decade. To create her unique style, she uses alkyd oil paint on paper with a crackling varnish, which gives her illustrations an antique, nostalgic quality. This is Alison's second project for Barefoot Books, following I Took the Moon for a Walk (9781841486116). --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846862019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846862014
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JAZ/JPZ MOM on December 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My daughter will be 2 in January, and this book has been her favorite book to read before bedtime since we got it 3 months ago. She choses it first over all others. She now can recite much of the text ("Listen, listen... what's that sound? Insects singing all around. Chirp Chirp, Churr, Churr, Buzz, Buzz, Whirr, Whirr") - it is very catchy and the rhymes are beautiful - they flow across the pages, and are fun to recite and hear. We have all of Alison Jay's books- simply beautiful illustrations. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sprout on December 12, 2007
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This is a beautiful book, to look at and to listen to! My children love it and it is a great way to help them learn about the seasons. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. C. on December 11, 2011
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Great book. Beautiful pictures. I love how it goes through the seasons. My 2 year old brings it around the house with her, and tries to read it. I like this author and illustrator, we have many of her other books and they are all equally wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Mccormack on September 29, 2012
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I love this book, there is so much to view in the illustrations, eveny by 1 year old daughter is in love with this book. She will pull it out from the shelf and bring it over for me to read to her, she loves to point at pictures of things she knows and practice her words. It is a beautiful piece of art!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on April 29, 2013
Format: Board book
This is one of our family's absolute favorite children's books. The words and pictures are beautiful. My son asks for this book over and over again and we are always happy to read it. He smiles as we journey through each season together, beautiful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Waidley on January 23, 2013
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This is one of our favorites. We talk about seasons and things to do in each season, and the drawings are wonderful (we have several illustrated by Alison Jay) and there are many new details that you discover each time you read the book.
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I wish that all children's books were written and illustrated as beautifully as this book. Let's start with the artwork. Alison Jay's charming, folksy illustrations are gorgeous and her attention to detail creates new depths of interest. The landscapes in the book are all intertwined and one of my favorite things about the book is looking for the common elements from page to page. I find new details almost every time we read the book, which is currently every night as it is my 10 month old son's favorite. I think my current favorite picture is the one where summer is gone and the insects are leaving, most with tiny bags and suitcases. Just adorable.

Phyllis Gershator's text is enchanting. The repeated structure as you move from one season to the next and the plethora of sound words make this fun to read aloud and invite the reader to make the sounds as you read. My son particularly likes the insect sounds of chirping, buzzing, whirring and churring. My favorite text is in the winter section, when Gershator describes a snowy evening with the following: "Shh, shh, snowy night. Snow sparkles, white, bright." The rhymes are wonderful and flowing and make this a delightful book to return to night after night.

The board book itself is very durable, although after months and months of being chewed by a teething baby I will probably have to replace it at some point, which I will gladly do. I highly recommend this book to anyone with small children.
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By Bonnie Neely on October 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Listen, Listen by Phillis Gershator and Alison Jay is a beautifully illustrated book that teaches the child to listen to the sounds of the world around him. The scenes depict each season and the sounds that change with the shifting of the winds and the falling of leaves or awakening in spring. The repeating words on each page are delightfully sound-oriented for the young child to repeat and emphasize with delight, making sounds of his own to go with the simple story. It is a lovely book which will be a favorite for all young children and you
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