Autumnblings -- Winter
Douglas Florian's books of poetry about seasons
of our favorite author/illustrators is Douglas Florian, so we were
delighted to discover these books of poetry about seasons.
described Florian's poems as "often
simple, rhythmic lists with
ending twist", and that is certainly true for the poems in this book.
And each poem is paired with Florian's trademark exuberant, messy,
There are dozens of poems
in each book, all on topics related
to the season.In Summersaults,
for example, there are poems on 'Dandelions', 'Summer Trees',
'the Sea', 'Fireflies', and more. Each book also includes a
'What I Like About ____ [season name]' and a poem entitled 'What I Hate
About _____ [season name]'. In
their review, School
Library Journal called these books "a
natural for use in classrooms and library programs" and promises that
"these poems will delight youngsters. Florian's intriguing art and
lighthearted facility with words make this offering a winner."
We wholheartedly agree!
seasons & poetry
Interest Level: Grades
DRA Level: n/a
Level: age 4-8
Lexile Measure: NP
are some sample spreads from inside these books. As you can see,
some of the poems are quite short, but they are often so witty that
they have a lot of punch! Considering it's the end of summer
as we type this, our favorite three lines from the book
to be, "Three words / Most cruel: / Back to school". Funny,
honest...love it! And, as usual, Florian's verses are full of
word play (like Autumblings'
"-autumn leaves/Leave me in awe".)
the fun continues in Winter
Eyes and Handsprings.
As usual, these books are full of concrete poems, like the poem "Sled"
in Winter Eyes,
where the words are formed into the shape of a hill. They are also full
of wordplay, like in Handsprings,
when Florian says "Spring succeeds ex-seed-ing-ly" and
"Picking berries is very fun / Very berry merry fun." These books are
just such a great mix of fun and learning, we really can't say enough
positive things about them!