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January rides the wind : a book of months
Otten, Charlotte F.
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New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, [1997]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Twelve poems, one describing each month.
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Simple poetry and radiant oil paintings celebrate the joys of the changing seasons. A month-by-month introduction to the natural world that reflects a child's sense of wonder and delight.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Short, evocative poems catch the essence of the outdoor world during each month of the year: "March eats the winter; icicles drip from its mouth to fall on secret gardens. Crocuses wake, stain the melting snow with gold." Each phrase resonates, capturing a tiny moment that crystallizes an experience or sight for the reader. The accompanying double-page-spread oil paintings are sumptuously colored. Most feature children, who vary in age and ethnicity, exuberantly going about childhood activities--sledding, chasing a ball, or catching fireflies--often with a pet overseeing the action. The paintings evoke intense feelings just as the poems capture the spirit of a moment: the melting gray snow of March is followed by the pale, vivid green of May; the dappled sunlight of August is followed by the golden light and deeper shadows of September. Otten and Doney have together created a deeply satisfying celebration of the changes in nature as the months go by, and it is refreshing to note that although this is a book of months, holidays play no role in either the words or the pictures. --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4‘Each of these 12 short poems, accompanied by a glorious double-page oil painting, captures the essence of its subject‘"May's arms are filled with babies,/she spills them everywhere" and "September squeezes what is left of summer/into night-cool cider." The combined effect of text and art is stunning‘Doney's light-dappled trees in brilliant shades of yellow and orange show that "October smolders." A fox stands still on a moonlit road while "November swaddles stars." Other scenes show different children engaged in seasonal activities‘building a snowman, chasing fireflies, picking pumpkins‘set against vivid country landscapes. Words and paintings together form a glowing, sensual salute to the seasons.‘Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.