Picture Book Review: Summer
My favorite part of this book is the unexpected fun with varying page lengths that happens toward the end.
We received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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