Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Today's read... Seasons of Change by Brooke Jameson

Today's read heads into a modern myth direction and tells the tale of the season learning to get along. Since Winter is the beginning and one of the driving characters, I did think this one would be lovely for the season. Ready to see if I was right? 

by Brooke Jameson
Dorrance Publishing Co Inc.
Children's Fiction
17 pages
ages 4 to 8

Joined together by arranged marriage, Winter and Summer, each with their own distinct personalities, are not at all surprised to find that they have very little in common. With a lifetime ahead of them, how are they to overcome their differences and learn to understand each other?
            Seasons of Change was written for young audiences to illustrate the beauty of compromise. Like the seasons themselves, Summer and Winter’s differences make them special and unique, but in order to get along they must learn to meet in the middle. The beauty that stems from their compromise is reflected in the creation of Spring and Autumn.

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seasons-of-change-brooke-jameson/1142790380
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BP2BC2K8
PUBLISHER: https://bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com/seasons-of-change/


Heading in the direction of a modern fairy tale, this is a read to celebrate the seasons and learn about getting along when it doesn't seem as if a pair can fit together at all.

This is a lovely, illustrated read, which works wonderfully as a read-aloud and would work especially well in a group setting when learning about seasons. If follows the story of Winter and Summer, as they are forced to find a way to compromise despite their extreme differences. The writing flows very well and builds the scenes in an inviting way. It's easy to understand the issues and feel for all sides as they try to figure things out. It also demonstrates that working together and finding mid-ground doesn't mean a loss for both sides, but rather, shows the beauty in it.

The illustrations are artfully done and present a landscape or scene according to the season and tale. These take up one side of the page, while the other holds the text. While this is sold for ages 4 to 6, I'd recommend it to the upper end of this range and even slide it up a little older to 8 year-olds. This can work well as a read-alone for those who are sure of their words, too.

And here she is...

Brooke Jameson is a former collegiate swimmer. She dreamed up the idea for this story during countless laps in the pool. She has always had a passion for writing, poetry, and the arts.
            A Boston native, she received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bentley University. In her spare time, she can be found cheering on Boston sports teams, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends.

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