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A year for Kiko
Wolff, Ferida, 1946-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Each month of the year brings different activities for a young girl, including catching snowflakes in January, planting a seed in May, and calling to geese in September.
Reading Level:
170 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 31611 Guided reading level: I.
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Kiko becomes the March wind and the summer firefly, plants a seed in May, jumps in the fallen leaves of October, plays hide-and-seek with the harvest moon, and catches snowflakes. As the months pass, Kiko welcomes each new season and finds ways to celebrate the changes it brings. In free verse and with lovingly painted illustrations, the changing seasons are captured through the eyes of a little girl.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. In short, almost haikulike verse, Wolff takes a little girl named Kiko through the year. In January, the snow is falling: "Kiko catches the snowflakes. / She slips in the snow. / The snowflakes catch Kiko." In May, Kiko plants a seed that might become a flower: "May is a month for maybes." In December, there are hats and mittens. It is time for snow again. Thick acrylic paintings that are as handsome as they are evocative fill the two-page spreads. Attention has been paid to design and detail here, and the result is a quiet but exceptionally pleasing book that little ones will respond to, alone or in groups. (Reviewed December 15, 1997)0395773962Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1‘An account of a child's discovery of the natural elements. Each month, Kiko is shown experiencing and reacting to something new in her surroundings, as she takes delight in everyday occurrences. The premise is promising, but it isn't successfully executed. The text is overwritten and lacks a smooth rhythm ("January snow is falling./Kiko catches the snowflakes./She slips in the snow./The snowflakes catch Kiko"). The illustrations are attractive, but bland. Done in acrylic paints, each picture provides a strong sense of mood and clearly expresses Kiko's feelings. Children may have difficulty identifying the girl's pet‘sometimes it looks like a dog, sometimes a goat. Overall, this is not a memorable picture book.‘Dawn Ibey, Vancouver Public Library, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.