Thursday, March 13, 2008

All Around the Year in Picture Books

We love books that show the full circle of a year, with it's changing seasons and steady traditions. Here are a few of our favorites:
A Time to Keep by Tasha Tudor. Most requested by Gibbie. Lots of darling ideas for fun things to try. He most loves all the dress-up costumes and pretend play. (have you noticed this theme with him?) Intricate pictures are delightful time and again.

Oxcart Man Colonial-style paintings on wood. Shows the year of an almost entirely self-sufficient farming family. Lovely text. Spare and beautiful. Our copy is loved to death, and awaiting attention on the repair shelf.

A Child's Calendar By John Updike, illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman. One of my favorite illustrators, ever. Lovely rhymed, metered text. Pictures a modern family through a New-Englandy year. I like the poetry of real lives: "the radiator purrs all day."

1 comment:

Sara said...

Ox-Cart Man is a favorite at our house too! I will have to request the other two at the library. We've been really enjoying the Little House on the Prairie picture books lately. They're great because they give a sense of place for the area of the country we live in and they have a lot of ideas for enjoying the seasons for the year.