Now it is summer

Eileen Spinelli

Book - 2011

A young mouse is encouraged by his mother to enjoy summer while waiting for autumn to come.

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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2011.
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Main Author
Eileen Spinelli (-)
Other Authors
Mary Newell DePalma (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Over and over, in this seasonal picture book, a little mouse asks his mother, "Will it be autumn soon?" and he describes yet another aspect of the season that fills him with longing, such as eating warm cinnamon muffins, making a Halloween costume, or watching his friends on the yellow school bus wave as it toots and stops at his house. Each time, after answering the same question yet again, his patient mother leads him back to the pleasures of summer, unfolding all around him, and encourages him to enjoy "now." Even children who love summer best may find themselves wavering as they listen to the single-minded character aching for fall and recalling its highlights. Clearly showing the joys of summer in scenes of mouse children at play, DePalma's nicely detailed acrylic paintings create an effective visual counterpoint to Spinelli's well-chosen words and evocative images expressing the little mouse's dreams of fall. A good choice for reading aloud at the beginning of school. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—A young mouse repeatedly inquires, "Will it be autumn soon?" He thinks about leaves and pumpkins, and riding the school bus. His mother assures him all those things will come soon enough, "but now it is summer." She reminds him of all the pleasures to enjoy—sun, lemonade, bare feet, and beach balls. The soft acrylic paintings in muted colors show a nondescript mouse family and set a calm, loving tone but lack the seasonal details of the text, which is best suited to lap or independent reading. The pattern of the text quickly becomes predictable, almost lulling, while encouraging children to enjoy each season's beauty without rushing. More a lesson on waiting patiently than on summer or fall, this is an additional purchase for most collections.—Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD [Page 90]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A young mouse is encouraged by his mother to enjoy summer while waiting for autumn to come.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

As a young mouse eagerly looks forward to everything that autumn will bring — friends at school, fallen leaves to play in, pumpkins to carve — his mother gently encourages him to join in all the summery joys that surround him right now — dancing fireflies, sunny beaches, peaches fresh from the orchard. In this delightful tale, a follow-up to her book Now It Is Winter, Eileen Spinelli reminds readers of all ages that they can be content in the moment and find happiness wherever they are. Children are sure to love Mary Newell DePalma's soft and whimsical paintings of mice celebrating summer.