Seasons, Rhymes in Time



Poems of the seasons double as catchy songs for kids.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids learn about the seasons and the things associated with them in nature, food, and activities. Sheet music is included so kids can learn to sing and play the songs. 

Positive messages

All the poems/songs are upbeat and evocative. You can't read or listen to them and stay in a bad mood! There are many positive messages, such as "Get out take a look around/ Don't let the clouds get you down" in "Raining."


Positive role models

Most poems/songs talk about changes in the landscape (fall leaves, winter snow, spring petals, summer berries), feelings, and activities in each season rather than characters. But the unseen narrator in "Picking Berries" models a fun tradition: picking berries in summer for making jam. And the one in "Warm Summer Night" talks about "walking our troubles away." 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Seasons, Rhymes in Time is a book of nine poems about the four seasons. It includes a CD of the poems set to music and warmly sung by co-author Michael DeWall, plus sheet music for the songs printed at the back of the book. The words are clever, original, and evoke the feeling of being in each season, as do the bright and colorful illustrations. As songs, they're beautifully produced by Peter Elman in a variety of musical styles -- mostly light rock with touches of jazz, folk, and reggae. And they can be addictive: perfect for sing-alongs in the car, classroom, or playroom.

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What's the story?

SEASONS, RHYMES IN TIME is a vibrantly illustrated book of poems about the four seasons that includes a CD of those poems performed as songs. The poetry is fresh and evocative as it zeroes in on how it feels and what you do on a day in fall, summer, etc. Sheet music for the songs is printed at the back of the book.

Is it any good?


This can be enjoyed either as a book or a CD, but the poetry really shines in the musical setting, where the meter only has to match the underlying notes and fit the singer's inflection. Michael DeWall's voice is warm and sunny -- even in winter! -- and the catchy light rock, folk, jazz, and reggae tunes are addictive: perfect for singing along to in the car, classroom, or playroom. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the seasons. Which one's your favorite? Make a list of the things that season makes you think of, then draw a picture with those things in it.

  • Do you prefer the poems read out loud from the book or performed as songs on the CD? 

  • Listen to the CD and follow along on the page looking at the words and the illustrations. How does the art help tell the story? 

Book details

Authors:Michael DeWall, Peter Elman
Illustrator:Sara Kahn
Topics:Music and sing-along, Science and nature
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Chillin' Crow Books
Publication date:April 1, 2013
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 8
Read aloud:3 - 8
Read alone:6 - 8
Available on:Hardback, iBooks

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