Author: Marian Louise Camden
Illustrator: Diane Beem Wright
Year published: 2011
Publisher: Friesen Press
Number of pages: 32
Recommended age: 5+
Daughter Rating: ★★★★★
Grown-up Rating: ★★★★★
Reviewed by: Renee and Danielle (Mother and Daughter)
Summary (from back cover by Claire Hamilton, Celtic author, harpist, and scholar): AN EARTH CHILD’S BOOK OF THE YEAR is a delicately beautiful evocation of the seasonal round. Marian Louise Camden’s lyrical prose and the detailed pictures by Diane Beem Wright combine to transport young children to a wondrous land. But this special land is in reality an illumination of their very own world. Through the eyes of their new friends, the Earth Children, they are made aware of the significance and beauty of the seasons unfolding as the months pass. Led by the magic of successive moons, children can follow the glories of the year as it makes it circular journey. Each month brings different colours, trees, gems, flowers. At the same time, lives come and go, for there is birth, death and rebirth in the annual round. This is a jewel of a book that will open the eyes of young children to the daily marvels of the world they live in. Finely written and enchantingly illustrated, it is a book for children everywhere to cherish.
What it’s about: This book talks about the months of the year and what happens in each month and what’s special in each month.
What I liked and disliked about it: I really liked the pictures in this book because they are cool and you have to look for stuff. I was born in the month of March. In the month of March, the birthstone is aquamarine and some of the colours that are mentioned are white, violet, early green, blue-green and pink. The trees for the month of March are the alder and the ash and the special flowers are the jonquil and daffodil. Some of the animals mentioned are lions, hares, and mice. I really liked learning about all the other months too. I liked reading about July, December, and October the best.
My bottom line: I loved this book and I would recommend it to boys and girls who are 4 years and older because it is an easy and fun book to read.
What it’s about: An Earth Child’s Book of the Year takes the reader on a magical journey through the months of year and through the seasons, highlighting all that is beautiful and mystical in each of the months. Through the combination of melodic and soulful prose and beautiful illustrations, Camden and Wright bring nature to life in all of her majestic glory on the pages of this wonderful book.
What I liked and disliked about it: I really enjoyed this beautiful little book. This is the perfect book to be shared within families. There is something for everyone in this delightful treasure. It’s very simple, every month is included and every month is special. My kids enjoyed spying all the special elements in their month: animals, gems, colours, flowers, and trees. Ok, I admit it: I LOVED it too! I see my daughter forgot to include June in her list of faves (she included her Dad’s and brother’s months). I’m sure that was an oversight! 😉
The prose and illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Each month has a dedicated two-page spread. The words are printed on an ancient scroll and the illustrations are jam-packed with various natural elements and young children (the Earth Children). Everything ties together so nicely with the overall theme of the book. In the forward to the book, there is a reference made to the Celtic culture, so of course I read the book in my best Irish accent, which apparently is no better than my Italian. Sigh…
Just as a note, because there are twelve months and each month is quite detailed, it would be difficult for a four-year old to maintain their interest (although maybe it would be ok for some). My son declined to do a full review, but I read it to him as well and he enjoyed it immensely. He says that he really enjoyed reading about his month (October). In fact, he declares that he loves it and gives it his official 5-Star stamp on it!
My bottom line: We all REALLY enjoyed reading this book. It is interactive, beautifully illustrated and the prose is so sweet. I would highly recommend it to families with children aged 5 and up.
** An Earth Child’s Book of the Year by Marian Louise Camden was provided to us free-of-charge by the author. **
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