Author: Henkes, Kevin
Illustrations and easy-to-read text introduce the colors, songs, and activities of summer.
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Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/15/20)
School Library Journal (05/01/20)
Booklist (+) (02/15/20)
The Hornbook (00/03/20)
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Booklist - 02/15/2020 *Starred Review* This conclusion to the seasonal quartet from the award-winning duo celebrates summer at last, reveling in its endless delights of green songs. It highlights the natural sounds of the season—growing leaves, wind blowing through the tall grass, birds singing—as well as the man-made ones of air conditioners, fans, sprinklers, and lawn mowers. The onomatopoeic whirring, buzzing, and humming of the insects contributes to the daytime atmosphere, while at night the fireflies “sing” to one another without a sound. This engages all senses—the feeling of warm and warmer, the coolness of the shade, the refreshing drops from the hose. Fall’s arrival is accompanied by the charming explanation that “summer gets bored and wants to try something new.” Brilliant acrylics in luscious greens and blues fill each page. Full-page cameos show diverse children playing, planting, and dreaming, as well as birds, insects, and other animals enjoying their time in the warm season. A splendid fat frog sitting on a lily pad in a pond is a symphony of contrasting greens. Front endpapers in lime green covered with insects contrast with the deep blue endpapers of fall at the back, which are peppered with red leaves, orange pumpkins, and gray squirrels. A luscious finale for a delicious foursome. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2020 PreS-Gr 2—Have you ever noticed that everything in the summer sounds like music? Have you ever noticed that everything in the summer seems more green? Summer songs are wind in the grass, sprinklers on the lawn, birds in the sky, and thunder during a late afternoon storm. The bees, dragonflies, crickets, and butterflies also play their notes. The creators of Winter Is Here, When Spring Comes, and In The Middle of Fall, are back with the final installment of the seasons series. A lyrical text pairs perfectly with bright illustrations in this wonderful read-aloud. VERDICT A must purchase to round out the seasonal quartet, for storytime or sharing one on one.—Elizabeth Blake, Fields Corner Library, Dorchester, MA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.