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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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