Books by Thierry Courtin

SEASON SONG by Marcy Barack
Released: May 1, 2002

Sprightly verses arranged in rhyming couplets describe the various hallmarks of the four seasons. Newcomer Barack's highlights are decidedly toddler-oriented; spring fun includes splashing in the mud and denuding flowers, while summer passes in a haze of tart lemonade and sandy beaches. Although her observations rarely stray from the commonplace, they are ideally suited for younger readers who are hesitantly embarking on an exploration of the world around them. Each season has two stanzas of verse dedicated to it, with each stanza accompanied by a two-page spread. The description of the seasons is presented in a staccato series of impressions, designed to capture their essence. "Pick a berry, romp in shade, / Pucker up at lemonade. / Summer's when we jump and run, / Chasing bubbles in the sun." Courtin's (Old Macdonald Had a Farm, not reviewed, etc.) simply rendered illustrations are on target for the small fry. Uncluttered, they feature a merry pair of toddlers and contain enough seasonal cues for little ones to readily recognize and identify the appropriate time frame. An appealing first foray into the wonders of Mother Nature, from the Harper Growing Tree series. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >