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Friday 6 November 2020

Review: Sing me the Summer

Another perfect picture book pairing from Jane Godwin and Alison Lester, Sing me the Summer is a glorious celebration of the seasons — in rhyme. 

Pineapple, apricot, strawberry, peach. We have a picnic right here on the beach.

Through summer, autumn, winter, spring and back to summer again, delight in the change of seasons, the change of whether and the change of activities all these changes bring. 

Like playing on the beach, stomping through leaves, bonfires on cold winter nights and playing in long springtime grass.

The rhyme is joyful and flawless, and the illustrations are gorgeous and bright. But would you expect anything less from these two amazing picture book creators?

This is such a lovely book. So much fun to read and packed with information kids won’t even realise is there — a learning book where you don’t know you’re learning. 

A perfect book for classroom crowds, it will spark glorious conversations about the different things kids like to do through different seasons during both day and night. But with beautiful repetition, it’s also a story for the little ones — soothingly perfect for bedtime routines. 

Always in autumn 
A soft golden light
Here is the day…
And here is the night.

If you’re looking for cheer and delight in a picture book, look no further than Sing me the Summer by Jane Godwin and Alison Lester.

And for another stunning Godwin/Lester collaboration, you simply must check out The Silver Sea.

Title: Sing me the Summer
Author: Jane Godwin
Illustrator: Alison Lester
Publisher: Affirm Press, $24.99  
Publication Date: 27 October 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925972924
For ages: 3 - 6
Type: Picture Book