Synopses & Reviews
Using simple words and bright illustrations, author-illustrator Taro Gomi takes children on a playful tour of the four seasons.
This clever story takes readers throughout the course of a year using a calf as a backdrop. The snow-white animal is introduced on the first page. As the text mentions the melting snows, patches of brown representing the earth appear on its back. As viewers zoom in on the earth, those patches become covered with sprouts of new grass and then blooming flowers, a lush grassy meadow, and storm-tossed fields, until the lamb disappears entirely. It is only with the return of winter, quiet and white, that its outline once again emerges, as a full-grown cow. Gomi's illustrations are elegant in their simplicity. He effectively incorporates touches of color-the tender greens of spring; the blues, black, and grays of a summer tempest; the russet browns of fall; and the whites that herald winter. Children will be captivated by his clever use of human figures and animals in each scene. -School Library Journal, starred review
A playful tour of the four seasons.
About the Author
Taro Gomi lives in Japan and has illustrated more than 100 books for children.