Tim and Sally offer us a gentle adventure in poetry that spans the course of a year. Visiting the seasons and the holidays, they share the wonders of life on the farm. Butterflies, sparrows and bunnies frolic in spring flowers. School’s out for the summer, heralding watermelon, forts, and fireworks. Then it’s back to school, bright fall foliage, pumpkins, and crisp, clean air. Finally, winter snowmen, sleds, and Christmas round out the year.
Grady Thrasher’s use of language is evocative of his own childhood memories, as well as the ones he hopes kids will share with him. His poetry is lilting and lively, with good use of rhyme. And the charming and nostalgic watercolor illustrations by Elaine Hearn Rabon bring this journey through the seasons to life.
Tim and Sally’s Year in Poems received a 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award “celebrating youthful curiosity, discovery and learning through books and reading.” This beautiful book reminds us of a simpler time when seasonal pleasures brought so much joy. Share it with your grandkids and reminisce.
Reviewer: Alice Berger