Ah spring. The birds are chirping, the buds are poking through the soil, and if you ask the sigOth, miniskirts are making appearances on the leggy 20-somethings in our neighborhood. What’s not to love? Right in time, I’ve found a delicious little book to help the kids understand and celebrate the changing of the seasons.
It’s called, aptly, Seasons,
and Swiss author/illustrator Anne Crausaz does a beautiful job
describing the small joys and big changes that each season brings,
starting with spring. This isn’t the same old “oh look–the flowers have
buds” kind of book. It reads almost like a poem, highlighting tastes
and smells and sensations like how a ladybug landing on you might
Crausaz’s work feels more Asian or European in its sensibility; don’t
expect any sort of big character arc or rousing plotline here. It’s just
sweet and poetic and pretty, as the author suggests you listen to the silence
of the snow or taste the sweet-sour of summer’s blackberries. Kirkus
described it as a “visual haiku” and I think that’s apt.
Sesasons is a great early reader book, or a nice storybook for a younger
child. Surely it’s one we’ll be pulling out every time the seasons
change to see what comes next. Although I admit I’m hoping spring lasts a
good long time this year. -Liz
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