Book review: When green becomes tomatoes; 5 out of 5 stars #bookaday

When green becomes tomatoes book coverby Julie Fogliano; pictures by Julie Morstad
Poetry, picture book
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 2.8
5 out of 5 stars

This is a simple, yet incredibly beautiful, book of seasonal poetry for children. While there are many books of seasonal poetry that have already been published, When Green Becomes Tomatoes stands out for the incredibly descriptive and fresh free verse poems paired with simple, yet delightful gouache and pencil crayon illustrations.

The poetry is organized in dated dairy-like entries that talk about weather and nature for each season. Beginning with “march 20,” I love how the book also ends with the same poem, bringing the reader, and the year, full circle to begin again.

The poems are very accessible to young readers, while also inviting contemplation and deeper thinking. The first poem reads:

from a snow-covered tree
one bird singing
each tweet poking
a tiny hole
through the edge of winter
and landing carefully
balancing gently
on the tip of spring

This book is one that children will enjoy reading on their own, or it would also make a great mentor text for a poetry lesson.

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