October Smiled Back by Lisa Westberg Peters

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Shy November looked out
with her eyes puddle-gray.
I peeked in and whispered,
"Come on...want to play?"

By personifying the months of the year, the author of this exuberant poem brings to life the capricious feelings of friendship-- from children's quarrels to their flights of fancy. We see, through the eyes of a child, the way a friendship ebbs and flows with the changing seasons.

Beautifully illustrated, pensive, and filled with boundless energy, October Smiled Back takes readers through the months of the year-- and ends with a brand-new season of friendship.

About Lisa Westberg Peters

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Lisa Westberg Peters is the author of several books for young readers, including The Sun, the Wind and the Rain.She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and two daughters.Ed Young is the illustrator of more than sixty picture books, including Birches, Moon Tiger, and Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac. He is also the recipient of two Caldecott Honor citations and winner of the Caldecott Medal for Lon Po Po.Mr. Young lives in upstate New York with his wife and daughter.
Published September 15, 1996 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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0-8050-1776-3): Personification is difficult to present in poetry directed at young children, but Peters (The Hayloft, 1995, etc.) achieves some success with this quiet ramble through a single year.

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Her volume begins with the onset of winter: ""Shy November looked out with her eyes puddle-gray./ I peeked in and whispered, `Come on.../ ...want to play?' "" Generous December provides snow to build ""a woolly white bear [with] icicle hair,"" but January and February are too drowsy to have fun.

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