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Review Date: May 14th, 2019
Written by: Cao Wenxuan
Illustrated by: Yu Rong
In summer, the burning hot sun hangs in the sky, and animals race to find a spot of shade in the grasslands. They finally find shelter under a tree, but neither the elephant, the rhino, the leopard, nor the fox want to share.
It’s not until the animals witness a selfless act of love that they realize there may be a way to help each other.
With lyrical text from an award-winning author and bright, delicate art from a celebrated artist, Summer is a testament to the power of kindness and sharing.
My favorite part of this book is the unexpected fun with varying page lengths that happens toward the end. It reminds me a little of the hungry caterpillar in how it is laid out, and it’s a fun way to show how the animals end up working together.
The book starts off with what almost feels like a poem, and then goes into showing the animals and their dusty, shade-less surroundings. These surroundings lead them to become rather petty and quarrelsome over something really silly, and it isn’t until they see a better example than the one they are setting for themselves that they turn their act around.
This book definitely shows how teamwork can reward everyone involved. It’s a good lesson and a fun way to learn it.
- Font Readability: 10/10
- Kid Engagement: 9/10
- Mommy Engagement: 7/10