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All year round : a book to benefit children in need
Desimini, Lisa.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, [1997]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A rhyming tale about the four seasons.
General Note:
Written and illustrated in conjunction with the Robin Hood Foundation to benefit a Women in Need (WIN) shelter for homeless women and children in New York.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.6 1 Quiz: 32915 Guided reading level: H.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A rhyming tale about the four seasons.

Author Notes

Artist and freelance illustrator Dan Yaccarino graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1987.

Yaccarino's work has appeared in periodicals such as Rolling Stone, Playboy and New York magazine. AT&T, Mount Gay Rum, Gardenburger and other companies have used his images and illustrations in their advertising.

In 1993, Yaccarino published his first children's book, Big Brother Mike, and has since written or illustrated almost twenty more children's books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Four up-and-coming illustrators each contribute short seasonal poems and accompanying artwork to a picture book benefiting the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that helps children in need. It opens with Desimini's jewel-toned "Snowmen, snowmen, ho-ho-ho men." It's too bad that the color reproduction is slightly off (the red snowman of the text is orange) and that there are no "snowflakes and icicles" in the related spread. Still, this is a sprightly take on winter. Sara Schwartz's jaunty beach verse and naive, neon-colored artwork for summer is a winner, and Dan Yaccarino's bold, rounded figures bring a soothing conclusion to fall. Only David Ricceri's springtime poem featuring a scary protagonist with a large head and asymmetrical eyes seems out of place. Although this isn't a first pick, the topic is a popular one, the cover is perky, and the cause is certainly worthwhile. (Reviewed December 15, 1997)0590360973Julie Corsaro

Publisher's Weekly Review

To illustrate this lamentably slim book, the collaborators either used as inspiration or reworked the art from segments that they painted as a charitable mural at a child-care center for homeless women and their children. Although each of the artists originally worked on a panel for one of the four seasons, integrating it into a single unified mural (shown in an afterword), in this book each has written text and created artwork for three spreads on his or her season, and the transitions from one to the next are disjointed. The range of artistic media and style, arguably a plus in a longer, horizontal piece, tends to translate as a jarring hodgepodge when contained between book covers. For example, Ricceri's gouache renderings of spring scenes in a natural palette introduce a boy with quite an eccentric, disproportionate face, while Schwartz's neon-hued mixed media spreads of a summer beach feature flat, primitivist characters. The rhymed verses accompanying the pictures often seem forced (e.g., Desimini's oil paintings show snowmen of various colors who "have a frosty party/ With all of our friends,/ There are snowflakes and icicles,/ We hope it never ends!"). Though this title represents a noble gesture on the contributors' parts and supports a worthy cause, with neither a visual or narrative through line, it is less clear who will benefit from reading it. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) FYI: A portion of the proceeds from the book's sale will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, which aids needy families. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved