Author: Lionni, Leo
A group of mice experience the weather and activities characteristic of each season of the year.
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/01/2021 In this fanciful approach to the seasons, a short poem describes elements of the weather and attributes the changes to four field mice: Springmouse, Summer, Fallmouse, and Winter. Snowflakes, sunshine, rain, and growing plants are observable parts of nature; mice painting in flowers, lighting the moon, or living in the sky invite imagination. The poem is taken from Lionni’s classic picture book Frederick, and the mixed-media and digital collage illustrations appear to be reworked from the originals, with additional artwork by Jan Gerardi. This is more colorful than Frederick, and its simplicity makes it appealing to a slightly younger audience. The two books could be used together to amplify their common seasonal theme. Readers could match the ways this harkens back to elements of Frederick, such as when Fallmouse collects nuts and wheat, just as Frederick’s siblings did. While it is not possible to have true new Lionni, this expansion provides a charming companion to the earlier work and invites new fans to enter a larger creative world. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.