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Sharing the Seasons by Lee Bennett Hopkins and David Diaz

Publication Date: March 2010

Reviewed For: Ages 8-12

Journal Review / Summary
Hopkins presents 48 poems, 12 for each season. Some are by well-known writers like Lillian M. Fisher, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, and Joseph Bruchac (with several by Hopkins himself) while others are by less-familiar poets. Most are about changes in weather and landscape, outdoor play, and holidays. For example, Fran Haraway’s “The Fourth of July Parade” brings forth images of “Spangled gowns,/Friendly clowns,/Smiling folks,/Papered spokes,/Marching feet,/Endless heat.” Some of the more playful verses will lend themselves well to creative writing activities. For instance, April Halprin Wayland’s “Budding Scholars” begins, “Welcome, Flowers./Write your name on a name tag./Find a seat./Raise your leaf if you’ve taken a class here before.” Diaz’s mixed-media illustrations are distinctive and highly stylized, with effective use of rhythm, pattern, and beautiful glowing colors. They are aesthetically lovely but are a bit lacking in child appeal. Overall, as in most anthologies, the quality of the writing varies a bit, but many of the poems are well written and enjoyable. – SLJ

Illustration Medium: mixed media

Execution in the artistic technique employed:
Unimpresed.

Appropriateness of style of illustration to story, theme, and concept:
Don’t really see a need for any illustration at all in this type of book.

Delineation/interpretation of a plot through illustration:
No plot other than changing of seasons.

Delineation/interpretation of a theme or concept through illustration:
Good poetry collection, but again, illustrations are not needed here.

Delineation of characters through illustration:
I don’t like the characters or the flowers, but the animals are rather cute.

Delineation of setting through illustration:
Changes very abruptly.

Delineation of mood through illustration:
Not enough color separation between seasons.

Delineation of information through illustration:
N/a.

Concluding Caldecott Thoughts:
Noooooooooooooooooooo.

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