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Listen, Listen! Hardcover – September 1, 2007

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In a spiritual and aesthetic companion to Jay s beautiful Picture This (2004), the artist s work pairs with
Gershator s simple, evocative rhyming imagery to conduct viewers on a walk around a small town as
seasons change. 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.

-Jesse Karp --Booklist, November 15, 2007

PreS-Gr 3 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. -- Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada --School Library Journal, December 2007

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).
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; Library Binding edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846860849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846860843
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Very cute book the illustrations are excellent. This illustrator is fantastic and quite smart. Very good book for language development especially because there's so much information in the illustrations.
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This is a large, beautiful board book. Right now my one year old mainly likes to turn the pages while I name the seasons, but as she is becoming familiar with it she loves for me to point out things in the pictures and hear the 'sound words' - swish swish, churr churr, stuff like that. At the end it even has pages of seek and find for each season, which I think is really neat. This book will be a part of her library for years.
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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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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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My 4 yr old has loved this book since he was 18 months; it's a favorite in our house! I highly recommend this for boys and girls alike. I love Allison Jay's illustrations and Gershator did a great job writing. It's rhythmic and poetic with fun sounds that made my son laugh out loud every time we read it when he was little. Fun for me too!
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