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SUMMER IS SUMMER by Phillis Gershator


by Phillis Gershator & David Gershator & illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: June 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8050-7444-9
Publisher: Henry Holt

Gertrude Stein’s “A rose is a rose is a rose” serves as the poetic structure for this somewhat surrealistic examination of summer’s pleasures. Two brother and sister pairs explore a variety of summertime activities: playing near a creek and a beach, attending a baseball game, visiting an amusement park at night. The short, rhyming text introduces paired elements that convey the sights and sounds and tastes of summer, from pink lemonade sipped under a tree in the heat of the day to ice-cream cones on the front porch in the evening. Though the summer activities are traditional, Blackall’s watercolor illustrations add a more modern slant, with an enormous rose as tall as a tree as the beginning and ending images. The two girls on the cover illustration are enjoying an old-fashioned swing with a wooden seat, but they are swinging higher than the kites that their brothers are flying, conveying the magical quality of childhood’s sunny summer days. (Picture book. 3-6)