Delightful verses and delicate, playful illustrations take young children through the special joys of each month of the year, from icy February to the green shoots of April, the red poppies of July, September's apples and the delights of December. A mini edition of Elsa Beskow's classic picture book.
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With a poem for every month - as well as some introductory pieces on the hours and days - Around the Year has the potential to be such an outstanding book, that I'm rather disappointed not be able to appreciate it more than I do. Still, Elsa Beskow fans will find much here to appreciate, with gorgeous artwork that captures the enchantment of each month of the year. I think my own favorite was the illustration for harvest-rich August (also seen on the cover), with the parade of berry-decorated forest dwellers. All in all, this is a book I would recommend primarily to fans of this author/artist, rather than to general young readers looking for seasonal titles.