When Green Becomes Tomatoes
Poems for All Seasons
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Julie Morstad
Neal Porter Book, 2016
Written in e.e.cummings-style, with no capitals and periods, poems sprinkle randomly on the days of each month. Some poems short, some a little longer, they each explore a seasonal moment common to most everyone’s experience, but said in fresh new ways.
shivering and huddled close
the forever rushing daffodils
wished they had waited
there is nothing left to bloom
these showers will not bring you flowers at all
these showers are practice for snow
The book’s last poem is the same as the first poem told in spring, but told from the perspective of winter it takes on a new meaning. A clear, poetic, feeling experience of each season. Delightful. Peaceful. Adults will enjoy as much as children.