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The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons

by Sid Farrar

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Genre: Poetry
Review: "The Year Comes Round" is a book of haiku's about the seasons and nature. Most of the poems are about animals: robins, bears, fireflies, frogs, but there are also haiku's about snowmen, Jack Frost, the lawnmower, pumpkins, etc. The poems are organized by season, so the reader gets to see a natural progression through the year. There is also some information about haiku's at the end of the book. I liked these poems because they were simple, easy to understand, and enjoyable. It is a good example of poetry because the topics are similar and they can be easily understood. A child will not struggle to read this book and will get a new perspective on poetry.
Uses: This book would be great to read throughout the year during different seasons. It would also be good to use to give examples of a haiku. A teacher could ask students to write their own season haiku based on these.
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  jbohall14 | Apr 13, 2016 |
The Year Comes Round is a book written in Haikus. There are 13 haikus in the book and it goes through each month with a poem about that time of year. This would be good for younger students as it is simple and written in the same form on each page. It would also be good for older students who are able to appreciate the poetic aspect of the book. It could also be used as part of a poetry unit when discussing different types of poems and how to write them. ( )
  kkageyama | Dec 19, 2015 |
This was a wonderful surprise. For me, Haiku can be very stilted. This definitely was not. I could see lots of ways to enjoy this book with children.

Pros: Beautiful illustrations complement soothing poetry about the seasons of the year. This is great for bedtime with young children or in a classroom where you're teaching poetry form.

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  TheReadingTub | Jun 30, 2013 |
Grades K-4

This is a book to savor quietly. Thirteen haikus, one for each month of the year and a final one about the earth and its seasons, join beautifully with lush watercolors from Ilse Plume. Although the poems aren't labeled with the months, readers will infer that the first one is about January. The fourth in the book reads "The morning rain bursts/ dandelions from the earth like/ countless little suns" and is accompanied by evocative pictures of dandelions and clover amid drops of rain. Backmatter includes a brief description of haiku, a page dedicated to "The Cycle of Life," and another page describing each of the four seasons. The haiku and the illustrations offer much to pore over.
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  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807581291, Hardcover)

"Brown bear politely/offers to surrender his/den to nosy skunk." Twelve nature-themed haiku accompanied by lush illustrations take the reader from January to December. A great way to introduce children to the traditional Japanese poetry form.

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Presents haiku poetry about nature and the seasons.

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