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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
“Leaves are love letters/ that fall from the sky” – what a beautiful way to begin a collection of poems that celebrate the seasons of life. There are special celebrations we associate with each season: winter hosts Christmas and spring suggests Easter. There are special events and sports associated with each season: football with cheerleaders in the fall; sledding in the winter; baseball in the spring – and so much more. There are lots of things to celebrate all year long.
Suzy Davies’ picture book story, Celebrate The Seasons, is a sweet, charming collection of poems and illustrations to help young readers celebrate something special about each season. It is interesting that the author begins with Fall; I think I would have begun with Spring, but perhaps the idea is to leave the best for last: Spring and Summer. The poems are all rhyming verse and cleverly constructed with wonderful illustrations to accompany each theme. The magic of each season evokes all of our five senses and the poet/author is clear in representing each of the senses.
I think I’m partial to her use of music imagery with striking metaphors that beautify: “let’s go dancing in the rain,/ skipping to the rhythm of a musical refrain!” The references connecting rain to music in the charming poem “Dancing in the Rain with My Friends” doesn’t end there: “There’s joy in the rainsongs, the sweetest melodies,/ and the rhythm of the raindrops as delightful as can be!/ How I love the music, lightly pattering away;/ the air has special energy – brings laughter here, today!” These words bring music to my ears because isn’t music all around us all the time? This book is a real treasure.