Monday, September 12, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book two hundred and fifty-five

When we grow up many of us get so busy that we no longer notice the changing of the seasons, except to complain about the cold, the heat, the rain, the snow, or the leaves that need to be raked up. Luckily children notice the magic that takes place as one season flows into another, and they often share their sense of wonder with us adults. Today's picture book captures the essence of that magic, and the author throws in a warm dose of parental love as well. 

Deborah Lee Rose
Illustrated by Kay Chorao
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Abrams, 2010, 978-0-8109-8395-3
   It is autumn, and the geese are starting to fly south. The trees “wear a gold and scarlet crown,” and leaves drift to the ground where a mama cat and her little son rake them up and jump in them.
   In the winter, the cat and her child enjoy mornings when they wake up to discover that everything outdoors is covered with glittery snow. Together they “speed our sled on a downhill ride.”
   By the time summer rolls around, “snow and sleds” are just in the cat’s dreams as they play in the summertime garden in the heat. They splash around in the ocean, lake and pool to keep cool.
   Whatever the season, the mother cat loves her child, watching as he grows and changes.
   In this beautiful picture book, a gentle rhyming text is paired with Kay Chorao’s warm and charming illustrations. Children will find the loving message reassuring, and they will enjoy seeing the things that two cats share as the seasons unfold.

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