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THE YEAR COMES ROUND, HAIKU THROUGH THE SEASONS

Author: Sid Farrar

Illustrator: Ilse Plume

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Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: For each month of the year, there is a Haiku poem that represents the seasonal aspects of that time of year. This is a picture book of poems that can be used in many different ways.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book,

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Reading Level: 5.6

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was a wonderful surprise. For me, Haiku can be very stilted. This definitely was not. I could see lots of ways to enjoy this book with children.

Pros: Beautiful illustrations complement soothing poetry about the seasons of the year. This is great for bedtime with young children or in a classroom where you're teaching poetry form.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a soothing set of bedtime poems and a great introduction to poetry, too.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A SIMPLE BROWN LEAF   OCEAN SEASONS   MARVELOUS MADDIE: SEASONS IN MOKKIVILLE

Educational Themes: This one is easy to bring to life with audiences of different ages. It is great for engaging children with sensory reading, learning about the seasons, and learning the months. For older children, it is an exceptional way to engage children with poetry.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, poetry, seasons

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2013

Other Reviews: See Critics Reviews at barnesandnoble.com; and reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com.




                 

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