A lovely introduction to the four seasons and what makes each season so special. Whether the book is read all in one go or used to explore each season as they occur there is much for readers to enjoy. It is filled with charming illustrations and gives readers plenty of things to go and do and spot during the different seasons.
The book is divided into the four seasons and readers are taken into eight locations; the garden, the veg patch, the woods, the farm, the fields, the pond, the orchard and the street. These eight locations are revisited in each season and readers can see how things change. Different seasons bring different crops, plants, animals, events and jobs to do.
Spring is the season of new life and growth and pages are donned with seeds being sown, crops being picked, flowers beginning to bloom, and the air is filled with the sweet sounds of birdsong. Hares are hopping in the hedgerows and piglets and calves are being welcomed into the world. The pond is bursting with new life too, fluffy cygnets and ducklings are busy getting their water wings. The grey streets are alive with colour and people are excited at the prospect of warmer months and longer days ahead.
Summer time is wonderful and everywhere is alive with colour and sound. Plants, flowers and crops are in full bloom and butterflies flutter in the warm sunshine. The farmer is busy growing wheat and making hay to feed the animals in the harsher months to come and orchards are brimming with delicious fruits. Ponds are buzzing too; dragonflies zip around, froglets and toadlets are busy exploring their new water world. The streets are a hubbub of noise as children play with friends, cars are replaced by bicycles and people enjoy time in their gardens.
Autumn is the season of fantastic earthy colours - deep oranges, reds, browns and golds fill the trees. Children enjoy playing in these fallen leaves and the search for the best conker begins. For many creatures, autumn is a time of migrations. It is the time to head to warmer climates to escape the cooler winter months. The ponds become still as insects leave and frogs sink down to the bottom in search of a muddy, warm home for the winter. Autumn sees the farmer harvesting the last of his crops and it will soon be time to move the animals out of the fields.
Winter. Snow, ice, crisp mornings and frost. Hearty root vegetables are ripe for the picking in these freezing days and are perfect for hearty stews and soups. Woodlands and the countryside look barren, trees have shed their leaves and the brae trunks and branches are nothing but skeletons. The farm animals are all safely hidden away in barns and cattle sheds, making the most of the warm indoors and feasting on the hay that the farmer prepared in the summer. The streets are once again bright but this time it is the twinkling of Christmas lights that brings the colour.
The double page spreads are colourful and visually appealing. A short paragraph provides an overview of what is going on at a specific location during a certain season and snippets of text are peppered around the page that add further information about the seasonal occurrences.
A wonderful and informative book filled with fun facts, lots of information and complemented with gorgeous illustrations. It provides a super insight into each of the seasons and what can be found outside if you look hard enough.
Recommended for 5+.