THE TURNING OF THE YEAR by Greg Shed

THE TURNING OF THE YEAR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book on the changing faces of the months is solid Martin fare: a simple story that delights in language and word play. A short poem calls forth the character of each month: "In January, out I go/to welcome winter's icy blow." For the most part, the words and imagery are accessible, but on occasion there are more difficult words or phrases--e.g., chrysanthemum, or "the maple's raucous shout"--to keep readers alert. The book is also a paean to rural life, with harvest fields and New England villages, a hazy September meadow of wildflowers, and a pumpkin patch, all looming large and lovingly. Shed's full-page scenes of a boy and girl living this idyll fairly shout contentment, and on every text page he includes vignettes--candy corn for October, marbles and baseball cards for May, mittens for January--that add to the evocation. Along with Charlotte F. Otten's January Rides the Wind (1997), this is ripe for units on the seasons.
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0152045554
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1998




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