Here Comes the Year by Eileen Spinelli

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A poetic introduction to a year and the seasons.

"I am the January dark
dappled and deep,
teasing you, easing you
out of your cuddle-down sleep."

I am the February frost, the March wind, the April rain . . . I am the year gliding swiftly from month to month, season to season, urging you with me. Won't you come along?

Eileen Spinelli's soothing words and Keiko Narahashi's inviting illustrations make the ups and downs of the weather something to savor rather than endure. One by one the months arrive, and each is a pleasure to meet!
 

About Eileen Spinelli

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Eileen Spinelli is the author of many children's books. She lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli.Keiko Narahashi is the illustrator of several books for young readers, including Without Wings, Mother, How Can I Fly? by Norma Farber. Ms. Narahashi lives with her family in New York City.
 
Published March 1, 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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.,” declare the months, as they introduce themselves, starting from the first, January, waking a red-haired child, “easing you out of your cuddle-down sleep” and ending with the last, December, “slowing the evening rush, pulling a blanket over the earth, dusting your dreams .

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Mother returns from her job to spend an evening of play and bath time with a sleepy toddler.

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Spinelli's (Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch) brief, rhythmic sentences immediately establish the mood: ""When Mama comes home from work, dear child,/ when Mama comes home tonight,/ she'll cover you with kisses,/ she'll hug you sweet and tight."" Inspired by the work of Mary Cassatt, Dyer (Time for ...

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With one full-bleed spread for each of the 12 months, Spinelli (When Mama Comes Home Tonight) and Narahashi (I Have a Friend) focus on how that month's personality is manifested in nature.

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