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Summer song
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9780062866134

9780062866141
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First edition.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
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Illustrations and easy-to-read text introduce the colors, songs, and activities of summer.
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From Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes and acclaimed painter Laura Dronzek, the bestselling and award-winning creators of Winter Is Here, When Spring Comes, and In the Middle of Fall, this picture book about summer celebrates the sights, sounds, and smells of the season.

Bees buzz, birds sing, and children roll in the grass and feel the heat of the summer sun. With striking verbal imagery, repetition, and alliteration, Kevin Henkes introduces basic concepts of language and the summer season. Laura Dronzek's glowing paintings beautifully illustrate the wonders of summer.

This is an engaging seasonal companion to the bestselling When Spring Comes, In the Middle of Fall, and Winter Is Here, Ideal for introducing the season, for story time, and for bedtime reading.


Author Notes

Kevin Henkes was born in Racine, Wis. in 1960 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. One of four children in his family, Henkes grew up with aspirations of being an artist. As a junior in high school, one of Henkes's teachers awakened his interest in writing. Falling in love with both writing and drawing, Henkes realized that he could do both at the same time as a children's book author and illustrator.

At the age of 19, Henkes went to New York City to get his first book, All Alone, published. Since that time, he has written and illustrated dozens of picture books including Chrysanthemum, Protecting Marie, and A Weekend with Wendell. A recurring character in several of Henkes's books is Lily, an outrageous, yet delightful, individualist. Lily finds herself the center of attention in the books Chester's Way, Julius, the Baby of the World, and Lily's Purple Plastic Purse.

A Weekend With Wendell was named Children's Choice Book by the Children's Book Council in 1986. He recieved the Elizabeth Burr Award for Words of Stone in 1993. Owen was named a Caldicott Honor in 1994. The Year of Billy Miller was named a Newbery Honor book in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2--Have you ever noticed that everything in the summer sounds like music? Have you ever noticed that everything in the summer seems more green? Summer songs are wind in the grass, sprinklers on the lawn, birds in the sky, and thunder during a late afternoon storm. The bees, dragonflies, crickets, and butterflies also play their notes. The creators of Winter Is Here, When Spring Comes, and In The Middle of Fall, are back with the final installment of the seasons series. A lyrical text pairs perfectly with bright illustrations in this wonderful read-aloud. VERDICT A must purchase to round out the seasonal quartet, for storytime or sharing one on one.--Elizabeth Blake, Fields Corner Library, Dorchester, MA


Publisher's Weekly Review

Married team Henkes and Dronzek (When Spring Comes) complete their seasonal quartet with an homage to summer. Henkes explores the pleasures of the senses with dreamy, childlike lines: "In the shade it can be cool, or when you play with the hose." The season is rich in sounds: singing birds and electric fans, blowing grasses and clamoring insects. Overall, Henkes muses, "Summer is a green song"; his thought is accompanied by a painting of a frog whose lily pad resting place, the blossoms nearby, the pond water beneath them, and the willow above are all shades of jewel-like green. "If you slow down and think about it," song and feeling can blend together: "It's warm/ And then hot/ and then hotter." And sometimes the boundaries between sound and sight blur, as when an inclusive child group finds fireflies at night: "They're singing to each other without a sound." Dronzek's bold black outlines and simple features give her figures a cozy, toylike look, while Henkes's simple, evocative words encourage readers to look and listen for layered wonder in summer's freedom. Ages 4--8. (Apr.)


Horn Book Review

Henkes and Dronzek complete their seasonal quartet (beginning with When Spring Comes, rev. 3/16) with a joyful ode celebrating summer and its myriad natural wonders and seasonal sights and sounds. The rich shades of green and blue that grace the cover are carried throughout, emphasizing Henkess -observation, If I had to pick one color, / Id say Summer is green. / Green on green on green. / Summer is a green song. And this summer song is heard everywhere. Most of the time, birds are part of the songin the air, of the sky, and sometimes rain and thunder are, too. Bugs and bees, air conditioners and sprinklers, fans and lawnmowersall part of the summer song. And then, when Summer gets bored / and wants to try something new, the song changes, signaling the turning of the season and the arrival of fall. Dronzeks bright acrylic paintings, employing bold black outlines and saturated with luscious greens and blues, reflect both the energy of summer and the gentle rhythm of the text. Small oval-shaped vignettes are interspersed throughout, but its the glowing full-bleed spreads thatlike the fireflies that sing to each other / without a soundespecially shine. Vividly colored animals and flowers feature prominently in the illustrations, adding movement and a rich sense of natural life. Melodic and evocative, this book captures the essence of summer and its unique seasonal song. Cynthia K. RitterMarch/April 2020 p.59(c) Copyright 2020. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Henkes and Dronzek evoke the sights, sounds, and joys of summer, completing their celebratory seasonal quartet.Captivating poetic text begins like a stream of consciousness: "The Summer sun is a giant flower, / and the flowers are like little suns. / Little suns of all different colors." Brilliantly woven together, these accessible and seemingly simple similes and metaphors form a vibrant and sophisticated ode to nature. Readers will drink in the delicious cool shade, feel the sweltering sun, and revel in the lush green garden. Henkes hears summer's song everywherein the wind through the grass, the birds in the sky, and the oceans and lakes. Onomatopoeia fills the air with the sounds of bees and dragonflies, juxtaposed with the silence of the glowing firefly. Uncomplicated acrylic paintings done in a primary palette will appeal to young animal lovers. Deeply saturated blues and greens capture the essence of the season, Dronzek's characteristically firm black outlines helping animals, flowers, birds, insects, and humans pop. A multiracial cast of kids tend pets, cool off in the sprinkler, play in the sand, and watch clouds. As the season wanes, there's delicious anticipation for autumn's change. This lovely read-aloud will be savored, just like a summer's day.Captures the magic of childhood summers, when colors are a song and a backyard can sing the wonders of the world. (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

This conclusion to the seasonal quartet from the award-winning duo celebrates summer at last, reveling in its endless delights of green songs. It highlights the natural sounds of the season--growing leaves, wind blowing through the tall grass, birds singing--as well as the man-made ones of air conditioners, fans, sprinklers, and lawn mowers. The onomatopoeic whirring, buzzing, and humming of the insects contributes to the daytime atmosphere, while at night the fireflies "sing" to one another without a sound. This engages all senses--the feeling of warm and warmer, the coolness of the shade, the refreshing drops from the hose. Fall's arrival is accompanied by the charming explanation that "summer gets bored and wants to try something new." Brilliant acrylics in luscious greens and blues fill each page. Full-page cameos show diverse children playing, planting, and dreaming, as well as birds, insects, and other animals enjoying their time in the warm season. A splendid fat frog sitting on a lily pad in a pond is a symphony of contrasting greens. Front endpapers in lime green covered with insects contrast with the deep blue endpapers of fall at the back, which are peppered with red leaves, orange pumpkins, and gray squirrels. A luscious finale for a delicious foursome.