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Summer Song



by
Kevin Henkes
illustrated by
Laura Dronzek

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Harper
ISBN
9780062866141
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Bees buzz, birds sing, and children roll in the grass and feel the heat of the summer sun. With striking verbal imagery, repetition, and alliteration, Kevin Henkes introduces basic concepts of language and the summer season. Laura Dronzek’s glowing paintings beautifully illustrate the wonders of summer. This is an engaging companion to the bestselling When Spring Comes, In the Middle of Fall and Winter Is Here, which have received ten starred reviews among them. Summer Songis ideal for story time, seasonal curriculums, and bedtime reading.

Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paints. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11 1/4" x 9 1/4"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Summer. Seasons. Colors. Sounds.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, Booklist*

Horn Book

Henkes and Dronzek complete their seasonal quartet (beginning with When Spring Comes, rev. 3/16) with a joyful ode celebrating summer and its myriad natural wonders and seasonal sights and sounds. The rich shades of green and blue that grace the cover are carried throughout, emphasizing Henkes’s observation, “If I had to pick one color, / I’d say Summer is green. / Green on green on green. / Summer is a green song.” And this summer song is heard everywhere. “Most of the time, birds are part of the song—in the air, of the sky, and sometimes rain and thunder are, too.” Bugs and bees, air conditioners and sprinklers, fans and lawnmowers—all part of the summer song. And then, when “Summer gets bored / and wants to try something new,” the song changes, signaling the turning of the season and the arrival of fall. Dronzek’s bright acrylic paintings, employing bold black outlines and saturated with luscious greens and blues, reflect both the energy of summer and the gentle rhythm of the text. Small oval-shaped vignettes are interspersed throughout, but it’s the glowing full-bleed spreads that—like the fireflies that sing “to each other / without a sound”—especially shine. Vividly colored animals and flowers feature prominently in the illustrations, adding movement and a rich sense of natural life. Melodic and evocative, this book captures the essence of summer and its unique seasonal song.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Henkes and Dronzek complete their seasonal quartet (beginning with When Spring Comes, rev. 3/16) with a joyful ode celebrating summer and its myriad natural wonders and seasonal sights and sounds. The rich shades of green and blue that grace the cover are carried throughout, emphasizing Henkes’s observation, “If I had to pick one color, / I’d say Summer is green. / Green on green on green. / Summer is a green song.” And this summer song is heard everywhere. “Most of the time, birds are part of the song—in the air, of the sky, and sometimes rain and thunder are, too.” Bugs and bees, air conditioners and sprinklers, fans and lawnmowers—all part of the summer song. And then, when “Summer gets bored / and wants to try something new,” the song changes, signaling the turning of the season and the arrival of fall. Dronzek’s bright acrylic paintings, employing bold black outlines and saturated with luscious greens and blues, reflect both the energy of summer and the gentle rhythm of the text. Small oval-shaped vignettes are interspersed throughout, but it’s the glowing full-bleed spreads that—like the fireflies that sing “to each other / without a sound”—especially shine. Vividly colored animals and flowers feature prominently in the illustrations, adding movement and a rich sense of natural life. Melodic and evocative, this book captures the essence of summer and its unique seasonal song.

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