Gather Up, Gather in: A Book of Seasons

M. C. Helldorfer, Author, Mary-Claire Helldorfer, Author, Judy Pedersen, Illustrator Viking Children's Books $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-670-84752-5
From autumn's ``gathering in'' and winter's ``secrets'' to the unstoppable rush of spring and the ripening ``roundness'' of summer, this prose poem hums in quiet four-part harmony. Wreathing familiar, universal memories around the essences of each season, the text happens upon felicitous associations: youngsters' arms and legs poke through outgrown clothing just as flowers pop out of the spring-wet earth; in late summer a child twirls in a sprinkler ``till the trees spin,/ and the leaves turn,/ and one leaf twirls/ down.'' Helldorfer's (Clap Clap!) dense, imagery-laden text will stimulate repeat readings. Pedersen's oil pastel illustrations illuminate common scenes with uncommon color, yet never distract from Helldorfer's plush language. A lovely way to incline children's minds toward the rhythms of prose as well as those of the seasons. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/1994
Release date: 09/01/1994
Genre: Children's
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-12941-1
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-14-054847-1
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