by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2009
Themes: colors, seasons, poetry
2010 Caldecott Honor Award
Claudia Lewis Poetry Award
Minnesota Book Award
Cybils Poetry Award
Horn Book Fanfare
Bulletin Blue Ribbon
Booklist Editor’s Choice
CCBC Choices 2010
New York Public Library’s “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing”
ABC “Indie” Best Book
Junior Library Guild Selection
Opening lines and Synopsis:
each note dropping
like a cherry
into my ear.”
A character in a crown and robes, which puts me in mind of a jester, walks through the seasons with her dog, also wearing a crown. Through spring to summer to fall and winter, they interact with nature, experiencing the changing shades, and roles, of colors as they go. The award winning poetry and artwork marry to tell their story.
Why I like this book:
The poetry in this children’s book is of a superb, sensorial, subtle quality that melts in my mouth as I narrate. It blends beautifully with artwork of shades and hues reaching from vibrant to mellow portraying the wonder and and yet homeyness of nature. No surprise that the list of awards is long. There is also a timeless element to our central character which adds a sense of awe and mystery to the book for me. This is a delightful sensorial walk for children and adults through a year of seasons and colors. The poetry is so special, I have just have to give you another taster.
old leaves, crushed berries,
squishy plums with worms in them.
Purple: the smell of all things
Can’t you just taste and smell and feel this text?
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This is also part of Gathering Book’s 2012 Award Winning Books Reading Challenge.