Zolotow, who died in 2013 at 98, had a storied career in children's publishing. She was the author of more than 90 books that included two Caldecott Honor Books and also the groundbreaking William's Doll (1972). As an editor at Harper, she worked with some of the best-known names in children's literature, including Patricia MacLachlan and Robert Lipsyte, but this charming poetry collection will introduce Zolotow to a new audience. These simple poems, which chronicle and highlight the changing seasons, demonstrate one of Zolotow's most memorable talents—her ability to get down to a child's level and see what is important to him or her: "A moment in summer / belongs to me / and one particular / honey bee." Or, "There is a special kind of quiet / that each of us knows. / We hear it in our sleep / the first night it snows." These 28 poems, short yet meaningful, are illustrated in fresh watercolors that capture the spirit of the season—and the writer. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Published in time to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of acclaimed author/editor Zolotow, this collection of 28 seasonally organized poems celebrates the delightful, unexpected moments that arise as the months pass, temperatures change, and the Earth transforms itself. The poems' brevity, repetition, and intimate focus on small discoveries, observations, and sensations make them especially well suited to readers encountering poetry for the first time. The opening entry, "Change," sets a contemplative, thought-provoking tone that will whet appetites for the poems that follow: "The winter/ still stings/ clean and cold and white/ as it did last year.... It is only I/ who have changed." Likewise, the bright palette and cheery atmosphere of Beeke's scenery will leave children anticipating picnics, seaside jaunts, Halloween chills, and the first snow of winter. Ages 3–6. Illustrator's agency: MB Artists. (Apr.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC
Offers children's poems about the seasons, including such topics as spring flowers, Halloween, and the first snowfall of the year.Review by Publisher Summary 2
First comes spring with birds building nests... Summer with its abundance of roses... Fall with crisp falling leaves... and winter with bright brushes of snow. As the seasons change, there is new beauty waiting to be discovered. Charlotte Zolotow's classic poems paired with Tiphanie Beeke's lovely illustrations make for a perfect poetry collection for every child.Charlotte Zolotow-author, editor, publisher, and educator-had one of the most distinguished careers in the field of children's literature. Born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1915, Changes: A Child's First Collection of Poetry is published on the occasion of Charlotte Zolotow's 100th birthday.