This collection of animal poems, tied to the months and the cycle of the seasons, would be a good companion to Fleischman's duets (e.g., Joyful Noise, 1988). Singer's rhythmic, short-lined verse is full of sharp images and echoes of beasts (""Cow"": ""I approve of June/Fresh food to chew/and chew/and chew/Lots of room to move around. . .""; ""March Bear"": ""Who I?/Where I?/When I Now?/No matter/Need water/Few berries/Fresh ants. . .""). Pinkney's portraits of the animals in action are true to both life and Singer's verse, colorfully set in just the right amount of background detail. A fine, appealing book.