When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons
by Julie Fogliano and Julie Morstad
“just like a tiny, blue hello / a crocus blooming / in the snow” (march... read more
“just like a tiny, blue hello / a crocus blooming / in the snow” (march 22). A collection of poems full of lovely, often playful observations and turns of phrase moves through the seasons. In summer “you can taste the sunshine … ” (june 15). In autumn, “because they know / they cannot stay / they fade and fall / then blow away / because they know / they cannot stay / they leave / they leave / they leave” (october 15). Finally, there is winter, when “i would not mind, at all / to fall / if i could fall / like snowflakes …” (january 5). The poems are titled with a date, and are set in every month across the year. With the exception of pumpkin-carving on October 31 there are no references to either religious or secular observances, another refreshing aspect of a book featuring perfectly paired illustrations. The art features diverse children in scenes with a soft, cozy, almost nostalgic feel. (Ages 4–8).
© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017
Year Published 2016
Word Count 2,051
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- Lexile Level: Currently Not Available
- ATOS Reading Level: 4.9
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