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I first checked this book out of our local library. I checked it out for my grandchildren. Then, one day the unheard-of happened. I was waiting in the car for someone, and this was the only book close at hand. I read it and cried. I read it and stopped to look at the trees around me. I read it and wanted to be such a poet as Julie Fogliano. I bought the book for myself. The grandchildren will have to buy their own copy.
My daughter and I love, love, loved this book! We checked it out of the library and then purchased it as soon as we closed the book. Fogliano gives us such amazing imagery with words. My daughter read the left side of the page and I read the right. The poems are generally fairly short and there may even be two on a page at times. Only October 31 and November 17 span the two pages. It was a fun competition between us to turn the page and see who got a longer poem to read!
I liked that Fogliano gave each poem an exact date rather than just poems in spring, summer, fall, and winter sections. It added a bit more fun. We had to call Granny and read her the poem that fell on her birthday! The book starts on March 20 with probably my favorite poem of the entire book: from a snow-covered tree one bird singing each tweet poking a tiny hole through the edge of winter and landing carefully balancing gently on the tip of spring
The book ends on March 20th again with the same poem! Such as clever way to express the circle of the seasons and life! So uplifting!
Cannot get over how wonderful this book is. I haven't read a book this charming in years. All of the poetry is just melt your heart lovely. The illustrations beautiful. This is as much a book for adults as children. Every word is peaceful and brings back the perfect memories of being in the particular place or time. I ordered it immediately for my best friends. Absolutely love it.
Love this book! My 2 yr old isn't quite ready to sit through really wordy books. I get past a few pages and she's onto the next book with rhymes and pop of colors. I'm positive she's going to learn to love this book once she gets it. The book is beautiful and I'm sure it'll be one of her favorites in due time.