Published by Greenwillow Books
Summary: Rounding out the year (with Winter Is Here, When Spring Comes, and In the Middle of Fall), husband and wife team Henkes and Dronzek have created an ode to the sights, sounds, and feel of summer. Hot, slow, lazy, filled with the music of fans, sprinklers, and air conditioners, surrounded by greens, blues, fireflies, and beaches, summer is a time to savor. And just like the other books, this one leads naturally to the next season: “But when the days become shorter and the nights come earlier, the song changes. Summer gets bored and wants to try something new, something different. The song is turning turning turning…it’s turning into Fall.” 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Kevin Henkes is sort of like the Tom Hanks of children’s books: you can pretty much count on a quality product with each creation. His four seasons quartet that includes this book provides an excellent introduction to each season, filled with sights and sounds that readers will relate to. The lush illustrations offer a diverse cast of characters enjoying the season.
Cons: With the exception of the illustration showing air conditioning, there’s not any portrayal of summers that city kids might experience.