and i woke to a morning
that was quiet and white
the first snow
(just like magic) came on tip toes
Flowers blooming in sheets of snow make way for happy frogs dancing in the rain. Summer swims move over for autumn sweaters until the snow comes back again. In Julie Fogliano's skilled hand and illustrated by Julie Morstad's charming pictures, the seasons come to life in this gorgeous and comprehensive book of poetry.
About the Author
Julie Fogliano has spent her entire life reading children's books. Now she stays up way too late writing her own books while eating cereal. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their three children. They make her very tired, but give her lots of good ideas. When Green Becomes Tomatoes is her third book.
Julie Morstad is an award-winning illustrator and artist living with her family in Vancouver, B.C.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was cute and sweet. A nice introduction to poetry for children. Certainly not my favorite of the Monarch finalists, but a worthy book to include on the list.
april 27 today under a magnolia tree i ran into a dachsund named paul he was very much a sausage with paws and a nose poor paul if only he would look up for a second and notice the magnolias with their pink and their white and their gentle flutters he would soon realize that it's not so bad to be a dog tied to a tree in the shade when it's springtime and fluttering In When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons (2016) Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Julie Morstad, presents meditative poems set over the course of one year starting on March 20 when spring arrives. From there the poems follow winter's retreat, the blooming of springtime flowers, beachy summer adventures, the crisp start of new days and falling leaves every autumn, all the way through winter's pristine quiet. The collection concludes by circling back to March 20 with the initial poem appearing again the same way spring returns each year. Each of Fogliano's poem is titled with the date so that the book reads as a series of fun calendar entries. The poems are free verse and don't rhyme. The variety of lengths, structures, and forms played with in When Green Becomes Tomatoes offer excellent examples of everything that poetry can do when used by a talented writer. The poems' lack of punctuation and capital letters also bring the poetry of ee cummings to mind. Fogliano's poems are accompanied by illustrations from Julie Morstad bring the wonders to be found in each season to life. Morstad's illustrations are populated with a variety of animals including paul the dachshund and the first bird of spring. The artwork in When Green Becomes Tomatoes also includes a diverse group of children enjoying what the each new season has to offer. A variety of pull page spreads, double page spreads, and smaller vignettes add variety to Morstad's colorful illustrations and bring movement to each page. When Green Becomes Tomatoes is a stellar addition to any poetry collection. Introspective poetry and finely detailed illustrations make this a book to savor. Readers are sure to find more to enjoy each time they sit down with this charming title. Highly recommended.