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Moon for Seasons, A Hardcover – February 1, 1994

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Using clear imagery and rich watercolors, Turner ( Apple Valley Year ) and first-time illustrator Noreika create a collection of nature poems that shimmers with life. Beginning with winter, the book devotes a section of seven poems to each season. During a snowfall a girl can "lie on my back and watch / them falling, feel them / falling, and taste sky / on my tongue"; in summer, swallows' tails "slice the clouds / more delicate than surgeons." The verse has a comfortable, easy-to-read rhythm, and identifiable, though fresh comparisons that should be accessible to the target audience. Noreika's lush outdoor scenes exhibit a skillful play of sunlight, moonglow and shadow. His frogs, porcupines and vegetation are an interesting blend of realism and romance. Nature lovers and poetry aficionados alike have something to cheer about. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-Turner's short poems, arranged by season, beckon readers to woods, pond, and farmhouse backyard, where time is measured by the changing moon. Readers will recognize some familiar scenes-frozen sheets drying on the line, the appearance of the first red maple leaves, and watching the river from a special "sitting rock." Other images, such as frogs waiting for spring in the muddy pond bottom, capture nature in her more private moments. Noreika's realistic watercolors bring the appealing landscapes vividly to life. The illustrations follow the detail of the poems precisely, with a palette inspired by the changing seasons they celebrate. The art echoes Turner's perfect balance of quiet scenes (falling snow, shadows on the water) with frantic, even vicious moments (an owl swoops to catch a blue jay, a porcupine is caught in a night gale). This collection will be appreciated by readers familiar with the world the poet describes, but is also a wonderful antidote for summer in the city. Pair it with Nancy White Carlstrom's How Does the Wind Walk? (Macmillan, 1993), a poem that follows the wind through its seasonal changes.
Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st ed edition (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027895130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027895131
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,991,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in a small town in Western Massachusetts to creative parents who always encouraged my writing and painting. I went to Bates College, majored in English, and spent a wonderful year abroad in Oxford, England, giving me a taste for neat Scotch, Evensong, and very old churches and buildings. I've been married long enough to break all records and have two grown children. I am especially drawn to telling stories about outsiders, rebellious girls, and people who don't fit in--as I didn't growing up. I was always a bit too loud, too passionate, moved too fast, made up too many stories, and thought that life moved just a tad too slowly for me. I love to cook, garden, swim, pet my wild Jack Russell terrier, talk to friends and my "kids," and laugh at my husband's wild, original stories. I also actually answer letters and emails sent to me by fans, and when I do school visits, I tell people--"Don't ever let anyone tell you you can't do it!"

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