JANUARY RIDES THE WIND: A Book of Months by Charlotte F. Otten
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JANUARY RIDES THE WIND: A Book of Months

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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.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1997
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lothrop