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When Green Becomes Tomatoes, Poems for All Seasons

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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.

march 26
shivering and huddled close
the forever rushing daffodils
wished they had waited

november 20
there is nothing left to bloom
or sprout
or bud
or grow
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.

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If You Want to See a Whale

If You Want to See a Whale
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Roaring Book Press, 2013

Illustrated in the innocence of a child, a young boy, his dog and bird decide they want to see a whale.  Patiently they look out upon the ocean, allowing life to happen around them, distracting themselves with their imaginations, until on the very last page they see a whale, but it is not what they expected the whale to look like.  They study what they see.

This gentle story speaks to the heart, inviting it to be patient and open to what one sees.   For when we look with expectations, we may miss the beauty before us.  The story opens the minds of readers to be aware of the richness around them.

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