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October Smiled Back Hardcover – September 15, 1996

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this subdued chronicle of a year's passage, Peters (When the Fly Flew In) depicts the months as 12 fair- and foul-weather friends. Her volume begins with the onset of winter: "Shy November looked out with her eyes puddle-gray./ I peeked in and whispered, 'Come on.../ ...want to play?' " Generous December provides snow to build "a woolly white bear [with] icicle hair," but January and February are too drowsy to have fun. Peters subtly conjures the months' personalities, and she is matched well with Caldecott Medalist Young (Lon Po Po). Filling each spread with cut- and torn-paper collages, the artist uses handmade papers for pulpy textures, grainy speckles or, in the case of June's fiery dragon, a marbleized effect. Autumn features oversize silhouettes of squirrels and children's faces in profile; spring comes on with splashy greens; and summer ends with a wistful pastel sunset. The author and illustrator present nature in repose, without deep freezes or heat waves; the overall impression is of four temperate seasons. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3?With simple and evocative verse, this book captures the essence of the 12 months. From the "puddle-gray" eyes of November through October's star-lite nights, each month is eloquently portrayed in both words and pictures. Time and the seasons become a playmate to a child as the months progress. "July and I hardly remembered our fun/ as it faded away in the glare of the sun./ August said she'd return, but she didn't say when./I wondered if I'd ever see her again." Young's illustrations provide a visual expression equal to Peters's poem. Colored-pencil drawings on deceptively simple collages of textured and colored papers create defining moments. Each fully bled spread is a skillful balance of pattern, shape, color, and form. The unique and fleeting qualities of time and nature will ring true to children and will recall childhood experience in adults. A beautiful book for all collections.?Paula A. Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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