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Changes: A Child's First Poetry Collection

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  37 reviews
First comes spring with birds building nests...
Summer with its abundance of roses...
Fall with crisp falling leaves...
and winter with bright brushes of snow.

As the seasons change, there is new beauty waiting to be discovered. Charlotte Zolotow's classic poems paired with Tiphanie Beeke's lovely illustrations make for a perfect poetry collection for every child.

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (first published April 1st 2015)
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Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I remember loving these poems when I was much younger back when they were originally published in 1967 and 1970. I enjoyed them just as much now, many decades later, as they are accompanied in this edition by luscious artwork. Twenty-seven poems pay tribute to nature and the seasons in this book that is published on what would have been the author's 100th birthday. Many of them show the poet's keen sense of observation, and all of them have something that makes readers want to share them with ot ...more
Laura Harrison
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am glad there is a new reprinting of this wonderful poetry book. Fantastic illustrations as well. Charlotte Zolotow was an original and a tour de force in children's lit. She will be missed. ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rll-538
Instantaneously, the whimsical, bright illustrations captured my attention!
Charlotte Zolotow's daughter, Crescent Dragonwagon, provides the introduction for this book. Charlotte died in 2013 at the age of ninety-eight, after writing more than ninety books. This book is a compilation of twenty-eight poems written by Charlotte. These poems take us through the "Changes" and intricacies of the seasons.

This book can serve as an enlightening introduction to poetry for literature or changing of the sea
Lisa D
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book!! Beautful illustrations!! Great for elementary age kids and for poetry month!! Loved it!!
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Celebrate the changing of the seasons with this collection of poetry from master children’s poet, Charlotte Zolotow. The 28 poems move from the joy of the change from one season to the next and then start with a focus on spring. The poems speak of the joy of spring breezes, snow melting, rainfall, violets, and green grass. Summer poems shine with sun, seaside sand, lights at night, and the buzz of insects. Autumn comes next with the joy of fallen leaves, classrooms, firelight, and Halloween. The ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, poetry
This collection of poetry from the author of books such as William's Doll and Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present takes readers on a journey through the seasons. The illustrations by Tiphanie Beeke are a wonderful accompaniment to each poem, bringing an added dimension to words that paint a picture all on their own. Whether she is describing the spring wind "brushing the world with feathery wings," or how "the light long summer is grown old," Zolotow captures the feel of each season. Her words cap ...more
Matthew Winner
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first book is Changes: A Child's First Poetry Collection Poems. The poems are by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke, and this comes to us from Sourcebooks. Here is a beautiful, beautiful collection of poems from Charlotte Zolotow through all of the seasons and each one, I feel, is more perfect than the one before it. just perfectly capturing the way that poetry is supposed to capture a moment, invoke feeling in us, make us reflect, challenge us to think about something. These a ...more
Annika Skigen
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Changes is an anthology book. The book starts out with a poem about how all the seasons come and go, but they seasons are always the same. It ends talking about how the person going through the seasons and they do change. After this poem, the book is divided into 4 sections, one for each season. In each season section there are poem that relate to that season. For example in Spring, it talks about flowers, rain, and warmer weather.

This book is full of illustrations that match the seasons and th
Caley Yoder
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This poem book gives lots of insight into the different changes that happen throughout the seasons. In the book, the author gave many different poems to show how each season is unique from one another. Each season awaits a new surprise as to what is going to come next in that season. The surprise is the different beauty that awaits in the changing of seasons.
Overall, this poem was a great introduction to getting young students into poverty. The book was a pretty easy read and clearly demonstrat
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have the fondest memories of reading Charlotte Zolotow books as a child, although I never knew she wrote poetry also. I was thrilled to get an ARC of this book through a promotion from the publisher. Although the illustrations were not to my taste, I can see their bright colors being appealing to children. What I liked most about the poems was that they were simple enough to make them fun for children to read and understand, but they were in no way trite or patronizing. Many of them seemed to ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Changes is about the seasons and what can be discovered. Changes is a collection of poetry by the author and beautiful illustrations by Tiphanie Beeke. The illustrations are beautiful and bright -- perfect for the poems. I have not read this poetry as a child. I wish I had as I might had been more interested in poetry! This is a great start for children and even adults. Poetry has no age limit.

Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book free from the author/publisher. I was not obliged to write a
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I always try to be up front and honest - poetry is not my thing. I have a small handful of VERY favourite poems, and everything else I just kind of slog through.

So I'm very bad at objectively judging poetry and how good it is. These poems seem sweet, and they cover several different "kinds" (different layouts, rhyme schemes, length, etc.) of form. The subject matter is laid out by season, and it gives the whole book a nice arc.

For people who like poetry, I'm sure this would be a lovely book. It
Megan Frager
This was a very fun and educational book to read about the different seasons. The book has numerous poems about each season and some of the characteristics seen during that time. The pictures go together and are colorful. The pictures do an amazing job showing the seasons and what they look like in real life. The author also included different holidays and the pictures had showed the holiday norms and vocabulary. The poems are short and don’t always rhyme, but sometimes the poems share the last ...more
Jim Erekson
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, picturebooks
There were some enjoyable surprises in here! I don't favor illustrations in books of poetry, so I didn't look closely at the pictures. But the tone and the pallette in my peripheral vision were consistent with the poems. And usually I want to explore a wide anthology (favorable for browsing) rather than one poet's collected works (you have to already know).

Zolotow's images an ironies are fun to run across.

Here's one:

Little crocus
like a cup,
holding all that sunlight up.
Dannica Lyon
This book shows an insightful look into the seasons we experience. My favorite poem within it was the poem about all of the seasons in one. It was a super fun read as well as a good way to educate kids on the different seasons they are experiencing. There were some poems about one specific season and there are also poems about all of them together and how they transition. Overall, this was a very fun way to experience poetry and a great experience for the reader overall!
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Listed in CCBC Choices 2016 under Poetry. Crescent Dragonwagon introduces poems from her mother, Charlotte Zolotow, on the 100th anniversary of her birth. Spanning the seasons with poems that blooms beautiful mind-images, these poems would be a great addition to library story times or classroom studies about the seasons. Sweet Spot: Grades K-3
Shannon Hughes
Changes is a book that consists of many different poems. All of these poems are about the seasons and how although they come and go the seasons themselves remain constant. The book uses illustrations to go along with each poem. This book teaches children to about change in a unique way. Most of the poems are written in a free style type of way and don't follow many patterns. ...more
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lovely poetry collection that takes young readers through the four seasons. I love how Beeke's illustrations show diverse children enjoying nature. I plan to start working these poems into my story times. ...more
Michele Knott
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015, poetry
Beautiful collection of poetry, organized around the seasons.
The illustrations are perfect for young readers, the bright colors and child-like pictures are sure to draw in young eyes!
Highly recommended K-3.
Darlene Ivy
a collection of Zolotow's poetry arranged by seasons. Easily relateable themes. Vibrant illustrations, often with soft edges.

Poems can be short.
Little crocus
like a cup,
holding all that sunlight up.
Viviane Elbee
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful book of poems for children. The illustrations are pretty.

It may be a bit long to read to kids in one setting, so you may want to break it up over several readings.

Can be used to discuss seasons and poetry.
Note: I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, arc-galley
A book of 27 poems about the seasons. Simple, sweet, a great introduction to poetry for a small child.

This was an ARC from the publisher.
Jul 08, 2015 added it
Shelves: nonfiction
I love cute little themed poetry books. Another one that has to do with the seasons that I love is Here's a Little Poem. ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Absolutely beautiful. The illustrations are so vibrant! The poetry is perfect for reading with tiny humans. What a lovely book.
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed these poems, and I enjoyed reading them to my boys. I was pleasantly surprised they also really enjoyed the poems. So proud of them.
Mary Lee
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, poetry, picture-book
Poems for all four seasons, in honor of what would have been Charlotte Zolotow's 100th birthday. ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-grands
Carol  V
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Worthy book of poetry to add to a family's collection of children's books. Gorgeous illustrations! ...more
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Charlotte Zolotow (born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro) was an American author, poet, editor, and publisher of many books for children.
She was published by more than 20 different houses (many of which she has outlasted). She was an editor, and later publisher, at Harper & Row, which was called Harper & Brothers when she began to work there and is now known as HarperCollins.
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