Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Swing Around the Sun

Swing Around the Sun

Barbara Juster Esbensen
Illustrator:   Stephen Gammell  , Janice Lee Porter , Cheng-Khee Chee , Mary GrandPre 
Poetry
For ages 4 to 8
Carolrhoda Books, 2002   ISBN: 978-0876141434

We are going to take a journey through a year, exploring the natural wonders of the seasons and the ways in which these ancient rhythms affect the human world. We are going to look at a beach in the spring when "a gull hangs like an icy flake" between the sea and the sky. We are going to listen to a summer storm as "thunder snaps/With a splitting crack!" In the fall we can imagine "Goblins prowl the streets" on Halloween. And, in the winter we can feel the cold as we skate across the pond leaving a "frosty trail" behind us.

Using both rhyming and non-rhyming poetry, the author of this poetry collection paints a stunning portrait of a year in words, a portrait that is rich in imagery. Readers will find that all their senses are engaged as they go from season to season and from poem to poem.

The visual impact of this book is especially noticeable because a different illustrator has created the art for each of the seasons. Thus each season has a distinct feel and appearance. Each piece of artwork provides the perfect backdrop for the poem that accompanies it.

 

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