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When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons



by
Julie Fogliano
illustrated by
Julie Morstad

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781596438521

Awards and Honors
The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
ALA Notable Books for Children Nominee–Summer 2016, Poetry
SLJ’s Best Books of 2016, Nonfiction
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2016, Picture Books
New York Public Library 2016 Best Books for Kids, Poetry
Goodreads Choice Awards 2016, Picture Books
NCTE Notable Poetry List 2017
Shelf Awareness 2016 Best Books of the Year, Picture Books
2016 Claudia Lewis Award
ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2017, All Ages
NEA’s Read Across America Educator Recomended Books 2016–2017, Grades 1–2
BCCB 2016 Blue Ribbons, Nonfiction
E. B. White Read-Aloud Award 2017 Finalist, Picture Book
2017 Capitol Choices, Seven to Ten
2016 Cybils Finalist, Poetry
Children’s Literature Assembly, 2017 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Award
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“What the snow left behind / was a red scarf / next to a wooden carrot / one blue mitten / a big snow shovel / a little snow shovel / and mud / and mud / and mud.” In forty-eight poems, a girl observes the changing seasons. Full-color illustrations done in gouache and pencil crayon.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

56

Trim Size

7" x 10"

AR

4.9: points 0.5

Lexile

NP

Genre

Nonfic / Poetry

Scholastic Reading Counts

3

JLG Release

May 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Seasons. Poetry.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

Junior Library Guild

  • A lyrical celebration of spring, summer, fall, and winter.
  • In a journal-like progression, evocative poems—all beginning with a date—remind readers of many experiences and feelings associated with the seasons. For example, in “may 20,” a girl impatiently waits: “‘enough already’ / i whispered to the clouds / (just loud enough / for the sun to overhear / but not enough to wake the rain).” And in “september 25,” a child discusses her love for the beginning of fall: “i like it here / on this side of winter / where notebooks are new / apples are best / and freezing still feels far away / but near enough to notice.”
  • The artwork has a cozy, inviting feel. Seasonal transitions are gracefully conveyed, from an image of a girl spotting a crocus in the snow in early spring, to a spread showing “the last leaf / when it landed” in late fall. The height of each time of year is encapsulated in universal images: children playing on the beach in August, for example, and playing in the snow in December. Full-spread illustrations are particularly striking, such as one of a boy and girl sitting on a hill and gazing up at a starry sky.
  • Featuring forty-eight poems broken into four sections, the collection is ideal for dipping into throughout the year and will reward multiple reads.

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Fogliano celebrates the four seasons through journal entries in poetic form. Starting and ending with March 20, the vernal equinox, the author marks randomly chosen days with short, free verse observations (“if you want to be sure/that you are nothing more than small/stand at the edge of the ocean/looking out.”). The timely text describes blooming crocuses, rainy spring days, warm summer sun, and falling leaves. Cleverly written and personal in nature, these offerings convey the beauty of the seasons. Fogliano creates verses that capture not only the colorful images of nature but also the human emotions that the changing seasons evoke. Morstad’s simple, inviting illustrations express a sense of wonder. Spreads filled with gentle, watercolor depictions of children experiencing seasonal activities include some surprising details that demand closer perusal and wonderfully complement and extend the text. Teachers will also appreciate how this title lends itself handily to classroom lessons on writing poetry and personal journal narratives. VERDICT Highly recommended.—Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY

Horn Book

This collection of nearly fifty seasonal poems begins and ends on “march 20” with a blue bird on a flowering tree branch. The poem is the same each time, too: “from a snow-covered tree / one bird singing / each tweet poking / a tiny hole / through the edge of winter / and landing carefully / balancing gently / on the tip of spring.” A little girl appears wearing the same boots, hat, and warm cozy sweater (different gloves; those always get lost!) to observe the coming spring. The girl, with straight black hair, dark eyes, and brown skin, is in most of the pictures, sometimes with other children, almost always interacting with nature. In summer she goes to the beach and appreciates the joys of a sandy picnic (“nothing in the world / could possibly be more delicious / than those plums / and those peanut butter sandwiches / a little bit salty / and warm from the sun”); makes a leaf pile in October (“because they know / they cannot stay / they fade and fall / then blow away”); and imagines herself as a snowflake. Morstad’s gouache and pencil crayon pictures and Fogliano’s poetry are delicately precise, gracefully and economically expressed, and filled with the wonder of genuine childhood experience untainted by sentimentality. susan dove lempke

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • A lyrical celebration of spring, summer, fall, and winter.
  • In a journal-like progression, evocative poems—all beginning with a date—remind readers of many experiences and feelings associated with the seasons. For example, in “may 20,” a girl impatiently waits: “‘enough already’ / i whispered to the clouds / (just loud enough / for the sun to overhear / but not enough to wake the rain).” And in “september 25,” a child discusses her love for the beginning of fall: “i like it here / on this side of winter / where notebooks are new / apples are best / and freezing still feels far away / but near enough to notice.”
  • The artwork has a cozy, inviting feel. Seasonal transitions are gracefully conveyed, from an image of a girl spotting a crocus in the snow in early spring, to a spread showing “the last leaf / when it landed” in late fall. The height of each time of year is encapsulated in universal images: children playing on the beach in August, for example, and playing in the snow in December. Full-spread illustrations are particularly striking, such as one of a boy and girl sitting on a hill and gazing up at a starry sky.
  • Featuring forty-eight poems broken into four sections, the collection is ideal for dipping into throughout the year and will reward multiple reads.

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Fogliano celebrates the four seasons through journal entries in poetic form. Starting and ending with March 20, the vernal equinox, the author marks randomly chosen days with short, free verse observations (“if you want to be sure/that you are nothing more than small/stand at the edge of the ocean/looking out.”). The timely text describes blooming crocuses, rainy spring days, warm summer sun, and falling leaves. Cleverly written and personal in nature, these offerings convey the beauty of the seasons. Fogliano creates verses that capture not only the colorful images of nature but also the human emotions that the changing seasons evoke. Morstad’s simple, inviting illustrations express a sense of wonder. Spreads filled with gentle, watercolor depictions of children experiencing seasonal activities include some surprising details that demand closer perusal and wonderfully complement and extend the text. Teachers will also appreciate how this title lends itself handily to classroom lessons on writing poetry and personal journal narratives. VERDICT Highly recommended.—Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY

Horn Book

This collection of nearly fifty seasonal poems begins and ends on “march 20” with a blue bird on a flowering tree branch. The poem is the same each time, too: “from a snow-covered tree / one bird singing / each tweet poking / a tiny hole / through the edge of winter / and landing carefully / balancing gently / on the tip of spring.” A little girl appears wearing the same boots, hat, and warm cozy sweater (different gloves; those always get lost!) to observe the coming spring. The girl, with straight black hair, dark eyes, and brown skin, is in most of the pictures, sometimes with other children, almost always interacting with nature. In summer she goes to the beach and appreciates the joys of a sandy picnic (“nothing in the world / could possibly be more delicious / than those plums / and those peanut butter sandwiches / a little bit salty / and warm from the sun”); makes a leaf pile in October (“because they know / they cannot stay / they fade and fall / then blow away”); and imagines herself as a snowflake. Morstad’s gouache and pencil crayon pictures and Fogliano’s poetry are delicately precise, gracefully and economically expressed, and filled with the wonder of genuine childhood experience untainted by sentimentality. susan dove lempke

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