When Green Becomes Tomatoes

When Green Becomes Tomatoes

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december 29
and i woke to a morning
that was quiet and white
the first snow
(just like magic) came on tip toes

Flowers blooming in sheets of snow make way for happy frogs dancing in the rain. Summer swims move over for autumn sweaters until the snow comes back again. In Julie Fogliano's skilled hand and illustrated by Julie Morstad's charming pictures, the seasons come to life in this gorgeous and comprehensive book of poetry.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 259 x 11mm | 360g
  • The Millbrook Press Inc
  • Roaring Brook Press
  • New Milford, United States
  • English
  • 1596438525
  • 9781596438521
  • 58,450

Review quote

This slim book provides a nuanced look at a familiar theme: poetry for the seasons. Taking a diary-like approach, the text begins and ends with the spring equinox, offering poems for different days throughout the year. A blue bird s song starts things off, poking / a tiny hole / through the edge of winter / and landing carefully / balancing gently / on the tip of spring. Verse by verse, day by day, the snow melts, April showers fall, magnolias bloom, berries ripen, warm rivers beckon swimmers, fireflies twinkle, a new school year starts, leaves turn, and winter returns. The poems stand on their own as solidly as they connect to each other, inviting multiple readings to experience the details. Fogliano s "(If You Want to See a Whale," 2013) descriptions are laden with imagery, evoking the sensations felt by a change in temperature or the flavor of a blueberry. Complementing the poems are Morstad s gouache and pencil crayon illustrations that range from effectively simple (a firefly glowing in the dark) to tantalizingly detailed (spot the inchworm or the ladybug in the shrubs). A multiracial cast of children relishing the delights of the seasons adds to this title s appeal. Pair with Paul Janezco's" Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems "(2014) for another poetic look at the seasons. Booklist, "starred review""
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About Julie Fogliano

Julie Fogliano has spent her entire life reading children's books. Now she stays up way too late writing her own books while eating cereal. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their three children. They make her very tired, but give her lots of good ideas. When Green Becomes Tomatoes is her third book.

Julie Morstad is an award-winning illustrator and artist living with her family in Vancouver, B.C.
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1,049 ratings
4.29 out of 5 stars
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4 31% (323)
3 13% (136)
2 3% (35)
1 1% (11)
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