Hello summer!

Shelley Rotner

Book - 2019

"This photo essay explains the basic changes to the natural world that come in summer and note summer activities children enjoy."--

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Holiday House [2019]
Language
English
Main Author
Shelley Rotner (author)
Edition
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 25 cm
Audience
Ages 4-8.
K to grade 3.
ISBN
9780823439775
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Review by Booklist Review

Completing her quartet of seasonal picture books, Rotner combines brief lines of text with beautiful color photographs celebrating summer and the pleasures it offers to children. The text flows smoothly through the pages, effortlessly linking one topic to the next: long days, hot sun, clouds, thunderstorms, rain, gardens, flowers, bees, fireflies, and so on through the season. Kids enjoy playgrounds and beaches. Sprinklers and water parks cool them down. Ducks, turtles, and frogs can be seen at ponds. Then, as shorter days and cooler nights prevail, autumn comes. One or two short sentences appear on a double-page spread, along with several photos depicting scenes from nature and a diverse crew of children. Nicely composed and lit, the photos beautifully capture aspects of the season and include some appealing sensory elements: a boy bites into a peach; a toddler plays with streams of water shooting from a fountain. Even the posed photos here have a naturalness about them that is disarming. Well suited to sharing in classrooms, this sunny picture book offers evocative scenes of summer.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Rotner completes her quartet of peeks at the four seasons with this last entry looking at the pleasures of summer.As with the others, the book starts off with the changes that signal summer's arrival: bigger, greener leaves; longer, warmer days; fluffy clouds amid blue skies. People dress for the warmer weather and wear protection from the sun: sunglasses, hats, and sunblock. Lemonade, water, Popsicles, and watermelon help quench thirst. The occasional rain cools things off and helps gardens flourish and berries ripen. Insects abound (no mention of mosquitoes, gnats or black flies, though), and "we celebrate summer with fireworks, picnics, and barbecues." Playing outside, visiting fairs, going to the beach, cooling off with water in all sorts of ways, biking, fishing, camping, and enjoying nature are just some of the activities that fill summer days, and animals are just as busy. The text ends, as they all do, with a look forward to the next season. Rotner's photos highlight diverse children enjoying the summer weather and treats, though many of the kids look overly posed. Still, readers would be hard-pressed not to identify with at least a few of the many activities highlighted here.A nice cap to a solid series: year-round fun. (Informational picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.