Monday, December 12, 2016

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano; illustrated by Julie Morstad (2016)

Fogliano takes us through the seasons in a circle of poems, starting and ending with the same poem, set in March, that month that is the cusp of spring and the last breath of winter.  That particular poem is one of my favorites in the collection:

march 20

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.

Big contented sigh.  All the poems are perfect little gems like that.

Another one I liked immensely:




The illustrations of Julie Morstad I don't like quite as much as the poems, but they are still really, really good.  I love that the children in the illustrations are not all little blonde angels.

Obviously, the poems and illustrations are from a place where there are actual seasons.


When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All SeasonsWhen Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano


Fogliano takes us through the circle of the seasons via small, perfectly crafted poems. Nothing here is a cutesy-cute, including the illustrations (good!); every one is charming, some are sweet, some are quite moving. You will be reminded of your own childhood, and perhaps how quickly the years pass us by.


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