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A BUSY YEAR by Leo Lionni


by Leo Lionni & illustrated by Leo Lionni

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-679-82464-2
Publisher: Knopf

This tall, thin book opens to nearly square spreads that nicely accommodate collages of two mice and their friend, a fruit tree that talks. Each month, the mice notice how she changes-- buds swell, blooms open, leaves fall--as they also learn about her needs (there's even a bit of drama when they put out a threatening fire). It's a genial tale, visually strong--Lionni, thrice a Caldecott Honor winner, has a sense of design that's unabated--but a bit weak on logic: the big, red fruit doesn't grow all summer; it just appears in September, ripe. Maybe the stork brought it. Still, nice. (Picture book. 3-8)