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Monday, 4 April 2011
We love our little copy of 'Around the Year' by Swedish author and illustrator Elsa Beskow (1874-1953).

Each month (or year, as Rowan calls them), at some point, Rowan digs it out and brings it to me to read the poem for that month.

The little poems, simple, but enchanting, combined with Beskow's distinctive illustrations is always a delight. It really is amazing how aptly she captures each month's nature (April : where are your leaves?). And her words and pictures almost always inspire play for the days to come.

Rowan can hardly wait until June (my birthday month) because her 5 year old sense of humour is thoroughly tickled by the 'natural' little bathers in the picture (and the fact that their 'naturalness' ~ not being prudish, but rather avoiding unsavory readers, if you know what I mean!~ lands in 'my' month).

April, April,
the snow is gone.
April, April,
the flowers have come.

April, April,
green and brown,
bells on your collar
and willow on crown.

April, April
watch the sky,
the showers are sweet,
but soon go by.

April, April,
where are your leaves?
Soon, soon
they'll be here,
for Winter's gone
and Spring is near.



Suzie said...

This made me giggle. :)

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