Rotner completes her quartet of peeks at the four seasons with this last entry looking at the pleasures of summer.
As with the others, the book starts off with the changes that signal summer’s arrival: bigger, greener leaves; longer, warmer days; fluffy clouds amid blue skies. People dress for the warmer weather and wear protection from the sun: sunglasses, hats, and sunblock. Lemonade, water, Popsicles, and watermelon help quench thirst. The occasional rain cools things off and helps gardens flourish and berries ripen. Insects abound (no mention of mosquitoes, gnats or black flies, though), and “we celebrate summer with fireworks, picnics, and barbecues.” Playing outside, visiting fairs, going to the beach, cooling off with water in all sorts of ways, biking, fishing, camping, and enjoying nature are just some of the activities that fill summer days, and animals are just as busy. The text ends, as they all do, with a look forward to the next season. Rotner’s photos highlight diverse children enjoying the summer weather and treats, though many of the kids look overly posed. Still, readers would be hard-pressed not to identify with at least a few of the many activities highlighted here.
A nice cap to a solid series: year-round fun. (Informational picture book. 4-7)