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A Busy Year by Leo Lionni

A Busy Year (edition 2004)

by Leo Lionni (Author)

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Title:A Busy Year
Authors:Leo Lionni (Author)
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2004), 26 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction; modern fantasy; age 3~4, animal fantasy

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A Busy Year by Leo Lionni

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It is a cute and warm story tells us about two little mouses and a tree. Two mouses meet a tree' Woody' in winter, the first day of Jan. and they found that the tree can speak. Then they becomes good friends and two little mouses always help the tree with anything and the tree is kind to them, too. Author use different phenomenon of the tree to mention the change of the months. It is a smart method to show the difference of a tree (plant) by the different months. Also, it is teaching us about months setting.
It's a fantasy fiction book because all the animals are able to talk. Two mouses can talk to a tree and become friends just like human beings. Folktales: Stories from the oral tradition had their beginnings around hearthside and campfire. These tales were almost always fantastic in nature, involving magic or talking animals.
To teacher, it is a funny book to teach students about months changed and they can use the different voice to represent three characters.
To children, it is an interest book which they can learn how to recognize the months by the story telling, and they can learn how to help friends as well. ( )
  JCHEN16 | Apr 10, 2017 |
This book talks about a story between two mouses and a tree. In January, the twins mouses Willie and Winnie saw a little tree in the snow day and the tree talked to them. Then every time they returned to that place they found the tree grew up little by little and they became good friends. In the summer, a flame attacked the place where the tree lives and before the flame reached the tree Willie and Winnie arrived and help the tree with some water to avoid the flame. When they return to the tree in autumn, the little tree grew up to a big tree with leaves and juicy fruit. Then in the winter the tree begun to be withered. When the mouses were worried about their friend, the tree just comfort them that they would meet next year. They spend their Christmas together and they were happy and ready for anther busy day.

It's a modern fantasy book since the characters in this book are animals and trees who can talk and act like human while the story also happened in the modern world.

1.The book is illustrated in collage pencil and ink with bright colors. The images are full of imagination and creativity, very vivic and warm.
2.The story of this book goes in the sequence of months from January to December with clear languages.It's suitable for a pre-school students to read to know about the natural growth of a tree.

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When teachers read this book in reading-aloud activity, they can ask students questions about " what will happen to you think next month?"to let them imagine by themselves before reading next page to them. ( )
  LaurieZeng | Mar 20, 2017 |
In my opinion, the book, “A Busy Year,” is a delightful book for young children to read. It was enjoyable to read because of its distinctive, collage illustrations, storyline, and descriptive language. The story is about two mice who become friends with a tree. They visit the tree all year long, and they watch the tree go through changes during the different seasons. The two mice protect the tree and do what they can to help the tree stay healthy. The illustrations showcase the mice protecting the tree throughout the ever-changing seasons throughout the year. The illustrations are comprised of different shaded pieces of paper to make collage characters and objects. The book also introduces children to new vocabulary through its constant use of descriptive language. For example, “Woody’s branches were full of fragrant, juicy fruit.” Younger readers will be introduced to the word “fragrant.” The young readers can then infer that the word fragrant means sweet-smelling. The big idea is to show children that they should take care of trees and other plants. This book shows children how they can take care of their trees so they stay healthy. ( )
  sstelz2 | Sep 22, 2014 |
This is a book about how two mice befriend a talking tree. They see all of the changes that a tree goes through in a year and also save the tree from harm and help it out. This is a great book about friendship and the seasons. This would be a great book for children ages Preschool-early elementary.
  JessicaSchroeder | Sep 25, 2013 |
A Busy Year tells the story about two mice who are twins. They become friends with a tree who can talk and they visit him the whole year and experience how the nature changes during the different seasons. This story could be used in biology lessons when explaining the different seasons. ( )
  rgraf1 | Apr 24, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590472739, Paperback)

An around-the-seasons board book to enjoy every month of the year!

Now available in a board book edition, here is Leo Lionni’s joyous celebration of the rhythms of nature. A tree changes month by month, watched over by twin mice who admire her on their frequent visits. “Oh, Woody, you are beautiful!” they exclaim in May, when her leaves are full and blossoming. And at Christmas, after a full year of friendship, the mice and tree rejoice together, looking forward to the next busy year.

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Mouse twins befriend a tree and watch it grow and change throughout each month of the year.

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