________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 4 . . . . October 12, 2007

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The Months: Fun with Friends All Year ‘Round! (Read Me A Poem).

Sara Coleridge. Illustrated by Kathy Weller.
Montreal, PQ: Lobster Press, 2007.
32 pp., hardcover, $20.95.
ISBN 978-1-897073-67-4.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Laura Ludtke.

***½ /4

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January brings the snow,

Makes our feet and fingers glow.

 

Thus begins Sara Coleridge’s 1834 poem which has been transformed into a lovely picture book with illustrations by Kathy Weller in the Lobster Press “Read Me a Poem: Classic Poetry for Modern Children” series. Coleridge’s poem is a classic among poetry for the younger set, first appearing in her collection, Pretty Lessons in Verse for Good Children, made new with vivid and imaginative illustrations from everyday life.

     As the seasons turn, the illustrations depict children enjoying the joys of nature in all of its varied glories: snow, rain, wind, sun. Their activities do not always mirror the words in the poem. For instance, when Coleridge writes, “Warm September brings the fruit, / Sportsmen then begin to shoot”, the children are shown playing hockey beneath trees laden with ripe apples instead of hunting wild game – an interesting modernization of ‘sportsman'”.

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     Despite the weather, the children are always able to find something fun to do outside, whether gathering flowers on a blustery day, splashing in puddles with their brightly colour umbrellas and rain boots, or playing in sprinklers under the hot sun. As well, they often partake in nature’s bounty, eating fresh apricots, buying ears of fresh harvested corn, gathering fresh daffodils, daises, tulips, and roses – depending on the month. Young Canadian readers may find it humorous that December, January, and February are the only months with snow in them – contrary to our own experiences!

     Kathy Weller’s illustrations complement Sara Coleridge’s poem and make learning about the different seasons fun and interesting. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in instilling children with a love of nature and the outdoors.

Highly Recommended.

Laura Ludtke is a candidate for a MA in Classics at Queen’s University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and reviewing children's and YA literature as well as walking among fallen leaves.

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