A winsome calf provides the backdrop-literally-for this charming story. With each turn of the page, the young animal is imaginatively transformed to reflect some activity of the four seasons: snow melting, seedlings springing up, harvest, all the way to the snow melting again and revealing that-the calf has grown. The story line follows the cycle of the seasons from one spring to the next, and its spare, fluid text-wedded to the vigorous graphics-vividly conveys the underlying themes of renewal and growth. The colors are joyful and fresh, and the artist's playful approach to perspective makes this a lovely picture book.
by Taro Gomi
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