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Monday, November 16, 2015

All Year Round, written and illustrated by Emilie Leduc. Translated by Shelley Tanaka. Groundwood Books, 2015. $16.95 ages 2 and up


Mademoiselle Clementine
hides under the carpet.
A princess like you should
keep her coat shiny and dry.

I love the month of April,
and so does my sweet tooth."

I'm not feeling a lot of joy on this cold and windy autumn day. Pair it with the sunshine and warmth that we experienced in the two days that came before, and it gives real understanding to this weather quote: Welcome to the land where you can get sunburn and frostbite in the same week. It occasionally applies here.

In this celebration of the joys to be found in all seasons, the author takes us from January through  December. We see the world in the eyes of a child who knows that there is something to love about every single month in each year. The double page spreads offer the poem on one side, accompanied either facing or across the spread by bold and smiling images of that child taking in the wonders of the world. The colored pencils used to create the artwork give a soft, gentle feel.

Full of joy and meant to be savored by all who share it, here is a child in tune with the changes, the delights, and the wonder of each new day and month. The companion's cat is not quite as joyful at every stage, but is a solid presence on each page.


The snow drifts everywhere.
But beneath my feet lie hidden
in all the colors of the rainbow.

I love the month of November
and the gentle flakes of snow."


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