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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416902104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416902102
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–6—Hopkins presents 48 poems, 12 for each season. Some are by well-known writers like Lillian M. Fisher, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, and Joseph Bruchac (with several by Hopkins himself) while others are by less-familiar poets. Most are about changes in weather and landscape, outdoor play, and holidays. For example, Fran Haraway's "The Fourth of July Parade" brings forth images of "Spangled gowns,/Friendly clowns,/Smiling folks,/Papered spokes,/Marching feet,/Endless heat." Some of the more playful verses will lend themselves well to creative writing activities. For instance, April Halprin Wayland's "Budding Scholars" begins, "Welcome, Flowers./Write your name on a name tag./Find a seat./Raise your leaf if you've taken a class here before." Diaz's mixed-media illustrations are distinctive and highly stylized, with effective use of rhythm, pattern, and beautiful glowing colors. They are aesthetically lovely but are a bit lacking in child appeal. Overall, as in most anthologies, the quality of the writing varies a bit, but many of the poems are well written and enjoyable.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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*Starred Review* There are plenty of children’s poetry collections that celebrate the seasons; John Updike’s A Child’s Calendar (1965) is just one classic example. What makes this one special is the beautiful combination of accessible verse and Diaz’s radiant artwork. The 48 poems, 12 for each season, include familiar contributions from Carl Sandburg and Karla Kuskin as well as specially commissioned works by well-known contemporary poets for children, including Marilyn Singer, J. Patrick Lewis, and Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Many of the entries personify nature, as in April Halprin Wayland’s whimsical selection that imagines spring flowers showing up for a first day of class: “Let’s go around the room. / Call out your colors.” Others focus on human activities throughout the year and the small, sensory moments that make each season special, from the smell of cold spring air to the cozy crackle of a December fire. In his signature combination of stylized figures and vibrant patterns, Diaz’s remarkable, glowing scenes add depth and meaning to each poem without overwhelming the words. In an image accompanying the anonymous poem “August Heat,” for example, a man rendered in a blurred, fiery silhouette appears to almost melt into the atmosphere. Well suited for use across the curriculum, this handsome title will remind a wide audience of each season’s wonders. Grades 2-5. --Gillian Engberg

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Yesterday I was frustrated. Very very frustrated. I'm a children's librarian. Patrons tell me what they desire and I find just the right book for the right occasion. Yesterday a fellow walked into my children's room with a simple request. He was going to read to a group of preschoolers and he wanted easy books on the seasons. This is one of those seemingly simple requests that can make your mind go blank faster than anything. After gaping like a fish for approximately a minute my brain started churning up a couple potential goodies from the depths. One such book was "Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems". I figured that even if the kids were too young to hear all the poems, at least they'd like to hear some of them, and maybe get a little knocked out by the images. Alas, our copy was missing (grumble grumble grump) but at least I was able to conjure up a copy of "Old Bear" by Kevin Henkes instead. Just the same, I'll be replacing our missing copy of "Seasons" and pronto. Here we have some of the finest minds working in children's poetry today, selected for this magnificent collection of seasonal verse. It's just the thing to welcome in a new time of year and say goodbye to the old. And the pretty pictures don't hurt much either.

Four seasons. Twelve poems apiece. In this way, poet Lee Bennett Hopkins has culled a wide selection of poets and their poems, weaving their verses into a single book. Quotes from famous sources begin each season, as when we read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's lusty "Spring in the world! And all things are made new!" With great care and timing, a passel of poets tap into those elements in each season that speaks both to child and adult readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Soo on April 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What a refreshing change of pace to my toddler's usual bedtime stories. Don't get me wrong, I still love you Dora, but this is like a breath of fresh air. And with all the beautiful illustrations, it will ease my daughter's imagination into nice sleepy-time dreams!
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Children feel the seasons... but may not know what it is they are feeling.
Lee Hopkins poems gives them a name for what they feel as they "Share the Seasons"
Judy Sweeney
Keystone College
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