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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Following a brief explanation of the science behind the seasons, Lin takes readers from autumn to summer, pairing haiku verses on one page with explanations of seasonal changes on the other. For autumn, for example, the text answers the questions, What makes the wind? Why do leaves change color? and Why do I see my breath? Further pairings address frost, suntans, thunderstorms, and pollination, among others. The simple haiku provide an accessible foray into poetry for the youngest readers and, for the most part, the scientific explanations follow suit. While the initial explanation of the Earth's revolution around the sun might have benefited from a more illustrative diagram, the title ultimately delivers. The gouache illustrations have plenty of child appeal and effectively tie together the poetry and the facts. A welcome addition to any collection in need of seasonal titles.–Jill Heritage Maza, Conn Elementary, Raleigh, NC
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Gr. 1-3. Less workmanlike than Gail Gibbons' The Reasons for the Seasons (1995), this attractive picture book demystifies seasonal changes in a question-and-answer format. Each spread's boldfaced head-scratcher ("Why do my cheeks turn red in the cold?" "What makes a thunderstorm?") receives two smoothly written paragraphs of explanation; an energetic, arrestingly patterned painting featuring one of the book's four child characters; and an interpretive haiku ("Lily hears thunder. / 'You don't have to yell!' she calls. / Still, the sky grumbles"). An excellent opening and closing entry connects the earth's tilt with seasonal conditions around the world. The organization is a bit awkward. Although questions are grouped by season, they often apply more broadly, and some entries would have benefited from diagrams. Even so, children won't escape learning a thing or two about the processes described, and many teachers will find inspiration for language-arts projects in the haiku component. For a seasonal celebration in which poetry comes front and center, suggest Bobbi Katz's Once around the Sun (2006). Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570913609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570913600
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello! Thanks so much for your interest in me and my books!

I grew up in Upstate NY with my parents and 2 sisters, whom are featured in many of my books, including "Dim Sum For Everyone!" and my novels, "The Year of the Dog" and "The Year of the Rat." My mother and I were the star characters in my first book, "The Ugly Vegetables"--I cut both my sisters out of that story! They were quite upset with me and made me promise never to cut them out again. And since then, I haven't...yet.

While many of my books highlight my family, not all of them do. My Newbery Honor-winning novel "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," is an Asian inspired fantasy that some people call a Chinese 'Wizard of Oz,' and my early reader "Ling & Ting" is inspired by the old 'Flicka, Dicka & Ricka' books I read when I was young.

I hope you enjoy my books. Please visit my website: www.gracelin.com for more info about them (behind the scene stories and pictures) as well as other amusing anecdotes!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Experienced Editor VINE VOICE on October 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
In this unusual picture book arts and science come together in one intriguing presentation. Cheerful haiku and richly colored paintings interact with serious questions and answers about weather, seasons, and their effect on the human body.
The first question, "Why do we have seasons?" sets up a simple explanation of how the earth tilts on its axis. From this broad beginning, the text zeroes in on familiar yet interesting questions ranging from "What makes the wind?" to "Why do I tan?"
Within each seasonal section, movement from the natural world to the child's own experience is logical. For example, the question "Why do I see my breath?" follows "Why is there frost on the window?" Both answers involve water vapor. Asking "Why do bees like flowers?" leads to "Why do I sneeze?" No surprisingly, these answers mention pollen.
The accompanying haiku feature four friends, Ki-Ki, Owen, Lily, and Kevin, who further personalize the science. The prose answer to "Why do my cheeks turn red in the cold?" explains about blood vessels and warmth, while the haiku on the facing page offers the more imaginative theory that "Owen's cheeks turn red / From the cold lipstick kisses / Given by the wind." This contrast provides much to enjoy and ponder.
Lin's luminous gouache paintings fill three-quarters of each spread; that is, a full page plus half of the facing page for each illustration. The effect is that readers are pulled into the warm and colorful scenes. Especially lovely is a vivid garden in which Lily, in matching flowered hat, caresses the flowers.
Occasionally, oversimplification causes a loss of clarity. The page on "Why do leaves change color?" contains the circular definition, "The color of leaves depends on what kind of pigment they have in their cells.
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Our Seasons is an excellent science book for children because it answers questions simply and completely, but it does not "dumb down" answers or "talk down" to its audience.

This book is not afraid to use science-appropriate words like "revolves around" (instead of, say, "moves around") and "structures" (instead of, say, "parts"). While reading this book to my 4-year-old daughter, she frequently stopped me to ask me what a word means. I thought the exercise in building vocabulary was great, and she wanted to re-read the book as soon as we finished it the first time. For some of the words most likely to be unfamiliar to a young child, there is a short glossary on the last page that defines words like "abdomen", "condensation", and "pigment".

With a book that may be full of unfamiliar words, a parent might wonder how the book can keep the young reader engaged. One reason, I believe, is the book's presentation. Every question and answer is provided on a two-page spread with full-page illustrations in vibrant colors - all in Grace Lin's signature style. Also, a lovely haiku accompanies each question/answer.

The book includes answers to common questions like "Why do we have seasons?", "Why do leaves change color?", and "What is snow?", but it also addresses interesting, less commonly seen questions related to seasons, such as, "Why do my cheeks turn red in the cold?", "Why do I sneeze [in the springtime]?" (The answer to this question taught me something new!), and "Why do I tan [in the summertime]?"

The recommended age range for this book is 4-8, though it might be most appropriate for school-aged children. I think my 4-year-old daughter is JUST at an age that she can begin to appreciate the factual aspects of the book. I look forward to re-reading this book to her in the years to come; I think she will grow into it more in maybe a year or two.
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This is a wonderful multidimensional book! Great for different ages. For the younger ones - brightly illustrated intro to seasons. For the older kids this book offers a simple, yet scientific, explanation of different weather/season related processes (frost, thunder, wind, red cheeks etc). I absolutely love the page layout - the scientific part is separated, thus does not overwhelm the reader. Very easy to navigate.
It also introduces haiku - a traditional Japanese poem style. This was the best part for me - the combination of art and science. Awesome!
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By Spicy Mamma on May 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Our Seasons by Grace Lin and Raida T. McKneally is a wonderful book for educating young children about weather and answering all the "Whys" such as... Why do I sneeze? What makes wind? Why is there frost on the window? These questions are addressed in a simplified yet accurate and entertaining way. A parent might even learn a little something from this book!

- Elaine Russo, BookBoo
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I love Grace Lin! And this book does not disappoint. It is a really beautiful introduction to the science of seasons and weather. We love it!!
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