Sunday, 7 June 2015

A New Picture Book of a truly lyrical kind from Juliette MacIver

NZ Writer and Illustrator

Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Nina Rycroft

Grasshoppers Dance

Scholastic 2015   $19.00pb   32pp

ISBN 978 1 7754 3224 1

Themes: Dancing/ Grasshoppers/ Music/ Seasons/ Stories in rhyme

The grasshoppers dance in the summertime hum, in autumn in the sycamore trees and in winter they sleep in a hole in the hill. Then, come the spring, they dance in the lush green vales.  In a new genre for this writer we are treated, as in the new book below from Ruth Paul, to a positive language feast of a truly lyrical nature. Be very aware though if you are reading this aloud to a group for the first time, several practise runs are needed, as there is much to trip you up.   Nina Rycroft, the illustrator, has captured the changing seasons with subtle colourings.

Image: Barbara Murison
Preschoolup/ Age 3 up

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely review! Thank you, Barbara. (I only just found it on your blog...!)