First Facts: Seasons
written by Marie Greenwood
2012 (Dorling Kindersley)
Source: Orange County Public Library
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Seasons starts off with a tidy short summary of the four seasons featuring leaves. This would be handy to write on chart paper and use to work on nonfiction shared reading. Spring arrives next with new births and fresh flowers. Each two page spread features a short text in a paragraph form as well as circle inserts with text included. Readers get information about weather, plants, and animals. The theme of beginnings permeates through this section. Being a DK book, the photographs of plants and animals are terrific. Additional information about spring celebrations is included. Summer brings heat, butterflies, and fresh fruit. Beautiful summer flowers such as geraniums and hydrangeas are buzzed by busy bees. The fall brings changes in some leaves. Evergreens keep green while maples turn red and orange. Days turn cooler and rainier with damp mists prevailing on some days. It's harvest time so fruits such as blackberries and pumpkins are gathered. With winter comes the beauty of snowflakes and icicles. Students will be surprised to learn about winter vegetables such as cabbage and parsnips. A section on hibernation features frogs, bears, and bats. Seasons finishes with an explanation of why we have seasons. The tilted Earth illustration is especially helpful.
I wish I had read less princess books and more nonfiction books, like Seasons, to my daughters when they were younger. They're not permanently scarred or going to therapy for a lack of nonfiction in their preschool days, but it would have been nice to have a better balance. This is a nice book to share at bedtime and help your preschooler learn about the natural world. It also makes a good mentor text for teaching K-2 students how to write an informational text about the seasons.