Friday, September 17, 2010

All about Seasons

I love being home with my little girl, Charlotte. Today we spent all afternoon outside, the weather was beautiful! She brought me a leaf and wanted to know why it fell from the tree. So I told her about autumn and the seasons. There are lots of books about the changes throughout the year, but I particularly like these two.

Alice and Marin Provensen 1976

The Provensen’s book describes in just a few sentences and some simple happy pictures what happens during the four seasons.

Once there was a little girl who didn’t understand about time. She was so little that she didn’t know about Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday , Sunday. She certainly didn’t know about January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. She was so little she didn’t even know summer, winter, autumn, spring.

Charlotte Zolotow 1957
pictures by Garth Williams

In this tender story a curious little girl is told by her mother about the holidays of each season. The little girl and her mother are never given names, but I love the sweetness of their conversations. Garth Williams is one of the best vintage illustrators. My favorite picture is where the girl is peering down into the lighted jack-o-lantern. She reminds me of my friend Lauren’s daughter, Nora.