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When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

by Julie Fogliano
Illustrated by Julie Morstad

Published by A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016
54 pages
ISBN: 978𢴓96438521

Ages 4-8

搄ust like a tiny, blue hello / a crocus blooming / in the snow (march 22). A collection of poems full of lovely, often playful observations and turns of phrase moves through the seasons. In summer 搚ou can taste the sunshine (june 15). In autumn, 揵ecause they know / they cannot stay / they fade and fall / then blow away / because they know / they cannot stay / they leave / they leave / they leave (october 15). Finally, there is winter, when 搃 would not mind, at all / to fall / if i could fall / like snowflakes 厰 (january 5). The poems are titled with a date, and are set in every month across the year. With the exception of pumpkin-carving on October 31 there are no references to either religious or secular observances, another refreshing aspect of a book featuring perfectly paired illustrations. The art features diverse children in scenes with a soft, cozy, almost nostalgic feel. (Ages 48).  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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