Academic journal article Language Arts

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

Academic journal article Language Arts

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

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When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons Written by Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Julie Morstad Roaring Brook, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 59643- 852- 1

This cyclical collection of poems takes readers from the first day of spring, through summer, fall, and winter, right back to the first day of spring. This journey reinforces the never-ending cycle of light and warmth, darkness and cold, as the four seasons alternatively burst to life and fade away during our planet's annual trip around the sun. The first day of spring is "poking / a tiny hole / through the edge of winter." A hot summer day "drips/hot and thick like honey." Fall brings us to "this side of winter / where notebooks are new / apples are best / and freezing still feels far away." In winter, "it is the best kind of day / when it is snowing / and the house / sounds like slippers. …

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