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January Rides the Wind: A Book of Months Hardcover – October 16, 1997

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4. Each of these 12 short poems, accompanied by a glorious double-page oil painting, captures the essence of its subject?"May's arms are filled with babies,/she spills them everywhere" and "September squeezes what is left of summer/into night-cool cider." The combined effect of text and art is stunning?Doney's light-dappled trees in brilliant shades of yellow and orange show that "October smolders." A fox stands still on a moonlit road while "November swaddles stars." Other scenes show different children engaged in seasonal activities?building a snowman, chasing fireflies, picking pumpkins?set against vivid country landscapes. Words and paintings together form a glowing, sensual salute to the seasons.?Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
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Otten's first children's book offers one vivid short poem for every month of the year: ``February turns everything to gray,'' ``June measures time until the longest day becomes the shortest night,'' and ``September squeezes what is left of summer into night-cool cider,'' etc. Doney's gorgeous, impressionistic paintings combine perfectly with the simple resplendence of Otten's poems, using light and shadow to draw readers into the shade of a willow in April, to the apple-blossom snow of May, and to the baked heat of a July afternoon. Text and art connect seasonal images with nature, people, animals, and home, finally bringing the children seen in the paintings inside for a firelight reading of the same book readers are holding. A splendid walk through the months. (Picture book. 4-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688125565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688125561
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book of poems. Each month of the year is described by a poem. The poetry is rich with metaphors, which enhances the reader's images. This can serve as a useful tool for introducing children to metaphors. Each poem has a (two-page) colorful, lifelike illustration, which captures the unique feeling of each month. The children in the illustrations are from different racial backgrounds. Although this book is intended for children it can be enjoyed by all. I highly recommend this enriching and colorful collection of poems.
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Format: Hardcover
This book has 1 or 2 short poems for each month and a gorgeous, 2 page painting that perfectly evokes the mood of each month. A beautiful book.
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