Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The turning of the year

The turning of the year

Bill Martin Jr.
Illustrator:  Greg Shed 
Picture Book
For ages 3 to 7
Harcourt, 2007   ISBN: 978-0152045555

In this simple yet beautifully written rhyming celebration of the unfolding of the seasons, Bill Martin Jr. takes a look at each month, capturing the essence of that moment in time with a few well chosen words. His words conjure up images of sledding in February, splashing in puddles in April, eating wild plums in July, and gathering pumpkins in November.

To accompany these wonderful word pictures, Greg Shed has created beautifully atmospheric illustrations which spill over onto the text pages giving the reader the impression that every page in the book is a part of the story of the year.