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Seasons by Blexbolex
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Read in March, 2011

French illustrator Blexbolex uses colorful screen prints paired with one-word-per-page text to bring readers through the seasons of the year. Some pairings are straightforward – a picture of a butterfly with the word BUTTERFLY – while others require a little examination and consideration, like the illustration of a boy walking in the autumn woods with the word DELIGHT. Although not a story in the traditional sense, Seasons does tell its own sort of tale as it winds its way through a familiar (though occasionally disjointed) ordering of images largely focused on the natural world: wind, rain, harvest, fireflies. Adults may also notice more subtle connections (“TRAFFIC JAM” followed by “CATERPILLAR CRAWL,” for instance) and allusions to well-known stories and artworks. This is a book to enjoy aesthetically and talk through with your child, most likely a little bit at a time.

TEACHER TIP: Use this book to engage students at all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Sample questions include:
-List pictures and words that showed winter. (remembering)
-Why do you think the author chose to pair this word with this picture? (understanding)
-Choose a page and tell about an experience you’ve had with the idea/activity shown. (applying)
-Construct a seasons timeline using images/words from the book. (analysis)
-What pages would you move or remove and why? (evaluating)
-Create a story to tell what is happening on this page. (creating)
-Create your own seasons book with seasonal images and words from your own experience. (creating and applying)

Reviewed for the Emmet O'Neal Library Children's Department
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