Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration - Book Eighteen

I consider myself very lucky because I live in a place where we have four seasons. My family and I are able to enjoy the snow in the winter, lovely flower-filled springs, hot and sunny summers, and beautiful red, yellow, and gold falls. For today's picture book I have a seek-and-find title that explores the joys that every month brings.

Stella Blackstone
Illustrated by Maria Carluccio
Picture Book
Ages 3 to 6
Barefoot Books, 2007, 1-905236-71-9
   Let as take a tour of the year, looking at one scene for every month. We will see what people do during that month, and will discover what the world looks like at that time. We will go from the white landscapes of January and February, to a freshly green - and wet - one in April. There are picnics in June, a fair in July, the beginning of school in September, and blowing leaves in November. In a whirl of color and action, the year unfolds before our eyes.
   Collage illustrations that combine paper art and paintings give this picture book a unique look. A simple rhyming text is enhanced by the question "what can you see?" Found on every double page spread, this seek-and-find feature gives the book another dimension. Words at the bottom of the pages can be used to find items in the illustrations, and they will give beginner readers something to challenge and entertain them.

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