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Now It Is Summer

Illustrated By: Mary Newell DePalma
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers / 2011 / Hardcover

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Now It Is Summer is about a young mouse who wants to know-when will it be autumn! His mother explains that autumn will come soon enough, but before then to enjoy the season they are in-summer. With rhyming text and vibrant watercolor illustrations, children will learn to look forward to what's to come in the seasons ahead, but at the same time to enjoy the season that they are in, the swimming and lemonade, and so much more! 32 pages, hardcover from Eerdmans.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 11.00 X 7.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0802853404
ISBN-13: 9780802853400
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As a young mouse eagerly looks forward to everything that autumn will bring — friends at school, fallen leaves to play in, pumpkins to carve — his mother gently encourages him to join in all the summery joys that surround him right now — dancing fireflies, sunny beaches, peaches fresh from the orchard. In this delightful tale, a follow-up to her book Now It Is Winter, Eileen Spinelli reminds readers of all ages that they can be content in the moment and find happiness wherever they are. Children are sure to love Mary Newell DePalma's soft and whimsical paintings of mice celebrating summer.

Author Bio

Eileen Spinelli's love of books began at age five,during her first visit to the local public library. ?Iclimbed up the steps to the children's room on the secondfloor and into a wonderland! Books everywhere . . . Ididn't know which book to grab first,? she explains. ?Itmade no difference to me that I couldn't read.? After that,young Eileen visited the library every Saturday with hermother. After a few years of library visits, she knew shewanted to become a writer.
Mary Newell DePalma has written and illustrated several books for children, including The Strange Egg (Houghton Mifflin) and A Grand Old Tree (Scholastic), which received the IRA/CBC Childrens Choice award. Mary lives in Massachusetts.

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AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
 
Parents' Choice AwardParents' Choice Approved (2011)

Kirkus Reviews
"Reprising the theme of Now It Is Winter (2004) this companion volume is likewise (as Kirkus wrote at the time) a gentle paean to living in the now.' Constructed as a back-and-forth between a young mouse who yearns for cinnamon muffins, jack-o'-lanterns, piles of leaves, school's start and other tokens of autumn, and his mother's counter-invitations to enjoy fresh peaches, a picnic on the beach, a glass of cold lemonade and like pleasures of summer, Spinelli's narrative is less about realistic dialogue than about poetic arrangements of sounds and rhythms: 'Will it be autumn soon? / Will a leafy breeze waken me / by ruffling the curtains at my window? / Will it dapple the air with apple-y scent? / Soon?' Clad in overalls or sun dresses and sporting fur in a multiethnic variety of colors, the saucer-eared clan in DePalma's sweet illustrations enjoys its outdoorsy summer idyll in both quiet and rowdy ways as the interchange continues, the skies gradually darken to starry blues, and at last mother and child 'go barefoot down the stairs / and out into the shimmery, summery night' for some quality time together. The soft visual and verbal cadences make this as apt for bedtime reading as for providing reassurance to impatient young mouselings that present joys will indeed in time give way to future ones.' "
 
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"Over and over, in this seasonal picture book, a little mouse asks his mother, 'Will it be autumn soon?' and he describes yet another aspect of the season that fills him with longing, such as eating warm cinnamon muffins, making a Halloween costume, or watching his friends on the yellow school bus wave as it toots and stops at his house. Each time, after answering the same question yet again, his patient mother leads him back to the pleasures of summer, unfolding all around him, and encourages him to enjoy 'now.' Even children who love summer best may find themselves wavering as they listen to the single-minded character acting for fall and recalling its highlights. Clearly showing the joys of summer in scenes of mouse children at play, DePalma's nicely detailed acrylic paintings create an effective visual counterpoint to Spinelli's well-chosen words and evocative images expressing the little mouse's dreams of fall. A good choice for reading aloud at the beginning of school."

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  1. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun, poetic tale of the joy of seasons
    May 28, 2011
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    This title describes the seasons and the longing for autumn fun, even though it is summer now. The book is beautifully illustrated and focuses on a family of mice. The poetic story has a cadence that young readers will enjoy, and the idea of a family of mice enjoying the seasons is sure to capture their imagination.

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Eerdman Books for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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