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Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Combining a diverse selection of classic quotations and forty-eight poems, twelve for each of the four seasons, with the energetic and colorful paintings of a Caldecott Medal winning illustratror, this is the definitive collection of poems about the seasons for children and adults. Spring births a polliwog that becomes a "full frog"; in summer, wildflowers choreograph an e ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 2010)
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Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Yesterday I was frustrated. Very very frustrated. I'm a children's librarian. Patrons tell me what they desire and I find just the right book for the right occasion. Yesterday a fellow walked into my children's room with a simple request. He was going to read to a group of preschoolers and he wanted easy books on the seasons. This is one of those seemingly simple requests that can make your mind go blank faster than anything. After gaping like a fish for approximately a minute my brain started c ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 520poetry
"Sharing the Seasons" is a colorful book that walks through the four seasons sharing experiences that all children can relate to that occur during each of the seasons. The book begins with spring, then follows on to summer, fall, and winter. Each season has 12 poems, beginning with one titled for that season. These poems contain creative word choice, which could be pointed out during a writer's workshop mini lesson. I would highly recommend this book to be used in a classroom. I think that even ...more
Holly Iman
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book, Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins, is a book of poetry that is from the recommended list and is intended for readers ages 7-10. Sharing the Seasons, is a collection of poems about the earthly seasons such as spring, summer, fall, and winter. I gave this book a 4 star rating because personally I enjoy poems and I also enjoy each season. I feel that the author did a great job portraying the mood of each season. For example, Summer is presented to be fun and hot ...more
Kira Dickson
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Number of pages:unknown
reading level:Grades 3-7
genre: poetry
lit requirement: anthology

A book with poems about the seasons. The book is divided up into four parts with spring poems first then it goes through the season cycle. Each of the beginning parts have a quote about that season. The poems are all different.

I loved this book. I loved the different poems about the seasons. I also l
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Sharing the Seasons A Book of Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins is a collection of poems. This collection is great for children age 8 to 12. A beautiful book about the seasons. This was great selection of different types of poems about the seasons. Many had used the senses and the imagination to create a beautiful scene. I enjoyed a lot of the story type poems but the haikus were too short for this type of book. Children would love this type of book to relax and read outside. I would most ce ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, art
5 Stars on all levels! What a wonderful, colorful, fun book of poetry. For children who aren't fond of poetry, this is the book for them. I really love the beautiful artwork on every page. I would like to copy, enlarge and frame them for my Grandson's bedroom!
The illustrations are phenomenal. I mostly just read this for the one poem by April Halprin Wayland that I loved. The others were so so at best imo.
Mara Rhodes
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book is a collections about poems about the seasons and activities which are popular during each season.

3 topic ideas:
Cari Middlecamp
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins includes many poems all about each of the four seasons. The genre of this book is poetry. Children ages seven to twelve may read the poems in this collection. Each poem is written by a different author making it an anthology. The poems vary in their formats making each poem unique. There are many images created in the reader's mind after reading this whole entire book. Many of these poems use sensory description. I think that sound, sig ...more
Irene Carracher Kistler
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
SHARING THE SEASONS is a collection of 48 poems chosen by Lee Bennett Hopkins. This is an upbeat collection which will teach the seasons to younger readers, while enriching the older ones. The poems are organized around each season with twelve poems per section, each bringing forth the mood and rhythm of its season. The book begins with Spring and then cycles through Summer, Fall and Winter. Lee Bennett Hopkins anchors each section by contributing the first poem. His second stanza is repetitive ...more
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Genre: Poetry

Summary: A collection of poems and quotations from a variety of writers about each of the four seasons.

A. Area for comment: Subject matter
B. The collection of poems all regarding the came subject matter, (the seasons), enables readers to understand the text to a greater degree because the focus of it is narrowed to this particular theme. This specificity keeps the reader more engaged and allows deeper thinking to transpire. The subject matter also allow
Pat Carlson
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: odu
Sharing the Seasons, a Book of Poems, by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Simon and Schuster, 2010. P.83
Junior book: poetry

Summary: This book is as the title suggests a compilation of poems about the seasons. They are arranged by season beginning with spring.
There are poems by many people including some whom most adults would know. It would be an introduction to poems by these famous writers and poems for most students who read it.

a) literary devices.

b) there
Rhiannon Hubble
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
1. Genre: Poetry
2. This poetry book consists of 48 poems, 12 poems for each season. Illustrated with incredible images, this book describes the landscapes, weather and holidays that take place in each season.
3. a) Area for Comment: Illustrations
b) The illustrations in this poetry book are unique in the fact that they bring a sense of the technological world into the beautiful words. Each image represents or illustrates the adjacent poem, however when one looks closely one can s
Kathryn Brunk
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Poem "Summer afternoon-
summer afternoon-
the two most beautiful words
in the English language." By Henry James.

This book of poems is broken up into four sections and those sections are of the seasons. This particular poems is obviously from the summer section. They graphics in the book are very colorful but I do not care for them. Some of the poems are good and some I do not like. For example the one above is so short and simple but that is not what I dislike about
Ka Youa
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry

This book is quite thick but very colorful illustrations of a collection of 48 poems chosen by Lee Bennett Hopkins. This book will teach the seasons to young readers while benefit to all adults as well. The poems in each section are organized around each season with twelve poems per section, each bringing forth the mood and rhythm of its seasons. The beginning of the book begins with spring and then cycles each section by contributing the first poem. I like how each poem is accompanied by a rich
Alma Hernandez
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This book is amazing. I enjoy poetry. This book is fantastic to use in a classroom year around. The poems in this book are very descriptive and the illustrations are rich in color. The vocabulary is just right for children to understand and also be introduced to new words. I chose the poem, "Winter" by Lee Bennett Hopkins. The poem describes winter in very few words. The words are the correct details about this season.


snow people
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
The bold drawings and bright colors are so eye-catching! There are twelve poems for each of the four seasons and they are all very different. Some of the poems are about the changes and weather and playing outside in the different landscapes. Some of the poems are about the holidays associated with each season like Christmas. I found the pictures really pretty, but I think they may be a bit much for children. Children like bright and simple, this may be a bit too abstract. I thought that these w ...more
Another reliable work from Hopkins backed by Diaz' brilliant, bold but always evocatively beautiful artistry. Simple poems organized by each of the four seasons, Diaz' illustrations infuse the poems with effervescence and joy, pulling the reader into a sense of reminiscence and daydream making the book a wonderful read for all ages. Personally, I am drawn to the Summer collection, being an August baby, as well as the color palette chosen by Diaz for this season is vibrant. However, of particular ...more
Bryonna Potter
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rhyming, seasons, poems
When I first chose this book I wasn't sure that I would like it because it didn't seem like your avgerage poem book. After going through it and reading some of the poems I actually enjoyed it. I liked the vivid colors and how they blended so well with the season they were talking about. I would love to add this book to my classroom.

Summer Moon

Above the beach,
The summer moon
Follows, like
A huge balloon.

Round and full,
It drifts ahead
As if to say ...more
Sara Saverko
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was an excellent read. The author chosen many classical poems and interweaved them to display the different seasons. The first thing I loved about this book was the imagery on each page. Not only the imagery in the pictures but through the authors words. When the author explains each season you can see, feel, smell, and hear all of the descriptions. For example, a fall poem states, "This morning I have apples in my pockets. I feel them round and ready and remember." I can feel the appl ...more
Author: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Grade Level K-5
Content: Seasons

From the start the illustrations are very colorful and inviting. Book is divided up based on the 4 seasons. Also includes a table of contents. Within the Seasons, poems are used to describe what is happening during each particular season.

This book would be ideal for upper grades, such as 4-5. Maybe could use at the beginning of each season, to set the tone for what will be happening within nature. Also could
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun and whimsical book of poetry about the seasons. Some poems rhyme, some do not, but they are short and entertaining and convey the different atmosphere and feeling of each season of the year. This is good for us, since we just moved to the East Coast from Hawaii, where there's really only a rainy season and a dry season. With twelve easy to read poems per season, this is an easy poetry book to read together with children, whether you read one poem or one season at a time.
Sharing the Seasons by Lee Bennett Hopkins is such a marvelous book filled with vivid poetry about each of the different seaosons. The book has many poems on each season such as spring, fall, summer, and winter. It also gives the students factual information about the seasons in the poems. I would use this book in the Engage portion of a science lesson on seasons. This book would be great for students in K-3rd grade.
Jun 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: poetry lovers, nature lovers
Recommended to Bonnie by: me!
Wonderful book of poetry on the seasons. Lovely compilation. Fun, pastoral, folksy art.

One poem that I especially loved that I wanted to use in a little camp booklet is called Wildflowers. I wrote the author asking for permission to use it and lo and behold she wrote back granting me permission and pointing me to her blog!

What great fun! For all poetry lovers out there.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This book is a collection of poems about the four seasons, with 12 poems for each season. The illustrations are beautifully done. This book is for grades 3-6. The poems focus on changes in weather and landscape, the holidays, and outdoor play. Students will be able to identify the seasons from the poems, and maybe even relate to quite a few of them.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how the book included many poems of the seasons that showed many different opinions about the seasons. It told the author many events that happen during the seasons and animals that are associated with that season. I also enjoyed the illustrations in the book. The illustrator used many pretty colors that stood out to me.
Liliana Jaramillo
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

A pleasant and fun way of put children at seasons and those changes in these find you through poetry with large, colorful illustrations

Small Homes

The green bug sleeps in the white lily ear
The red bug sleeps in the white magnolia.
Shiny wings, you are choosers of color
You have taken your summer bungalows wisely
Hatka Kecalovic
Love this book! This book can be used for lessons on seasons in K-3 grade classrooms. This book provides factual information on the four seasons and why they occur. This book can also be used to teach students about poetry. this book contains several poems on each of the four seasons. This book has wonderful illustrations for each poem!
Kelly Powell
The topic of this book caught my eye first and the colorful and whimsical illustrations held my attention until the end. I love to read books about the seasons because I like each season for different reasons and I enjoy to read how others feel about them too. The bright colors used and the swirl style of the artist made me study each page for the illustrations as well as reading the words.
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated collection of poems representing the seasons. I love the fact that the season is not included in each poem---there is more reach than that--like the "Scarecrow Prince" for autumn and "Budding Scholars" for spring. Would be nice as a gift and poems could easily be shared in library programs ranging from preschool through school-age audiences.
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Lee Bennett Hopkins was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2017. He holds a Guinness Book of Records citation for compiling the most anthologies for children. He has also received the Christopher Award, the Regina Medal, and the National Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Poetry for Children Award. He lives in Florida.

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