Monday, October 30, 2006
Once Around the Sun, by Bobbi Katz
This book has one elegant poem for each month of the year. The poems and illustrations work together to capture the unique flavor of each season, the innocence and playfulness of childhood, and the texture of a year as each spicy month passes by. LeUyen Pham’s richly colored and gentle illustrations are perfect for the sparse, elegant poems, and help make the whole book a reading and viewing pleasure. The children depicted are black, but their ethnicity and race are not central to the book—it is about the joy of childhood and the changing of seasons as universal, human themes.