Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Our Seasons

Our Seasons

Ranida T. Mckneally, Grace Lin
Illustrator:  Grace Lin 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 7 to 10
Charlesbridge, 2006   ISBN: 978-1570913600

Have you ever wondered why it is that some months are cold and some are hot? Have you ever thought about wind and why it blows? Do you know why you see your breath in winter or what makes the air "sticky" in summer? Let us join Ki-Ki, her friends, and her family to explore the seasons and the forces that makes each one of them - summer, autumn, winter, and spring - unique and wonderful.

On each page of this thoughtfully written book readers will find a haiku that captures the essence of one of the seasons and that illustrates in words what is being shown in the artwork on that page. In addition there is a side bar containing text that answers a question about the weather, natural history and more. Readers will discover the answers to many of the questions that inevitable pop up as the seasons change. They will learn what makes fireflies glow and why bees like flowers.

In the back of the book the author explains why some places in the world do not have four seasons. A glossary will help younger readers familiarize themselves with some of the more difficult words in the text.