October Smiled Back
October Smiled Back,
by Lisa Westberg Peters
Henry Holt and Co., 1996
Ages 3-7

“In this subdued chronicle of a year's passage . . . Lisa Westberg subtly conjures the months' personalities, and she is matched well with Caldecott Medalist Young (Lon Po Po). Filling each spread with cut- and torn-paper collages, the artist uses handmade papers for pulpy textures, grainy speckles or, in the case of June's fiery dragon, a marbleized effect. Autumn features oversize silhouettes of squirrels and children's faces in profile; spring comes on with splashy greens; and summer ends with a wistful pastel sunset. The author and illustrator present nature in repose, without deep freezes or heat waves; the overall impression is of four temperate seasons.” Publishers Weekly