Author- Meg Fleming
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (October 30, 2018)
Hardcover: 40 pages
Age: 3-5 years
Grade level: Preschool—3
This book is written for the sheer affection for the outdoors.
It celebrates the wonders of the four seasons and the flexibility, ingeniousness, and creativity the children must muster to adapt themselves for a romp outside. The children—two boys and two girls, go sledding, spy on animals surfacing from hibernation in winters, and follow clouds gliding above flowery hills in spring. Summer is laden with sun-soaked beaches, autumns with crunchy apples, and piles of coppery leaves. The circle closes as the book ends with the arrival of the winter with children snuggling at home.
The watercolor illustrations in delicate shades capture the season’s essence and recreate the children’s wondrous imagination—the swirly winds, sailing clouds, and frosty breaths morph into flying birds, a magical unicorn, and even a deer.
Fleming’s concise couplets highlight the ambivalence of nature and the strength of friendship, resilience, and quiet adaptability. Didn’t someone say—everything is better with a friend? This book instills this thought into children’s minds and amplifies it further.
A great accompaniment to exploring seasons, art/craft extensions, STEM concepts, and creative writing.
An elegant book indeed!