Tuesday, June 23, 2020

From My Window I See...The Seasons - a bookwrap

Looking out of your window brings beautiful animated changes every day for you to enjoy!  Take time to gaze and be enamoured by the artistry of nature. 


From My Window I See...the Seasons

Authored by Barbara Cavanagh
Illustrated by Jess Porta

* Ages:  4-8
* Grades:  PS-3
* Publisher:  Mascot Books
* Pub. Date:  February 25, 2020
* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

New author Dr. Barbara Cavanagh is writing a series of books about nature topics you can experience from your home windows. The first one, From My Window I See...The Seasons, is about the changing seasons, perfect for this time of year as winter changes to spring. The book starts with two girls in front of their window, looking out asking questions about why sometimes trees have leaves and other times do not, about why in some seasons there are birds, and sometimes there are not. These questions are not answered in this book, but I don't think they have to be. Kids are curious about the natural world, and they should be asking questions. Will their questions always be answered? No. And that's ok! The important thing is to keep asking questions. From there the girls try to decide which season is their favorite by discussing things they can see from their window during each season. With rhyming text the girls talk about snow in winter, swimming in summer, and seeing the beautiful colors in fall. This book is fun to read aloud as it bounces along. Big Kid enjoyed looking at the illustrations, which perfectly capture what the narrator talks about on each page, and discussing the changing seasons. It fit in perfectly with her teacher's Zoom discussion today about the Earth's rotation, orbit, and how day/night, and the seasons change as the Earth moves. --Kids Lit Life

What I Loved: The narrator in this book was really cute. I loved how as she is describing the seasons, each one was her favorite. She would move on to a new season, and think, actually this is my favorite. It was adorable, and it really showed the reader there is something to love from each season. How I Felt: The story is well-written and focuses on the little girl's view from her home's window. It was a fun way for my daughter and I to discuss what activities we do during those seasons. This is a great book to read with a child. The story takes the reader through the different seasons as seen through the young narrator's eyes. It will spark conversation with a child about what they see out their window during the different seasons. This would be a great book for a classroom during a weather discussion. My husband is actually going to use this during his weather lessons during this homeschooling COVID-19 time. The illustrations were gorgeous. They look like oil paintings, and my daughter and I loved looking at each one! To Read or Not To Read: I would recommend this book to any child. This should be an assisted read for a young child and is perfect for pre-K through middle-elementary children. --She Just Loves Books

A top 10 book for April! What can you see from your window? Green leaves, or autumn colour leaves? Are there birds flying away to warmer places? Or nesting? Is the air fresh or cool? Or hot and humid? Who can you see outside? This beautiful book is perfect for our lock down. From My Window- a beaut book, one to read now with all that's happening in the world today. Get your child to see what's just out their window and outside, maybe even write a diary of what they can see and hear each day, or a story or drawing each day what they have witnessed. This is a definite keeper, a real sweet book. --Kids Books We Love

Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations 

The Book

This book is perfect for your young budding naturalist.  What a wonderful experience to sit by a window and observe the outside beauty that abounds there every single day.  It is a quiet time of wonder and exploration from inside of your home.  When many children are spending so much time indoors due to COVID-19 this  seems to be just what the doctor ordered for such a time as this.  Shared time with a parent or sibling gazing through windows will spark conversations, encourage further research and provide some quiet mindfulness which will reduce anxiety and increase a child's sense of well-being. 

The little girl in the story delights in the four seasons that magically appear before her. The text is rhyming and the illustrations demonstrate the joy and happiness that the four seasons bring.  It is a perfect activity to get kids to quietly contemplate the world around them in a safe environment.  I highly recommend the book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author

Dr. Barbara Cavanagh, teachers, psychologist, and author, has spent her life with children.  For 30 years, she was a psychologist with the pediatric practice founded by Dr. Lawrence C. Pakula, who taught her to find the very best within every child.  The From My Window series of books was developed to promote finding and building the best in children by improving developmental skills and strengthening relationships through reading in a way that time spent in from of a screen cannot do.

Dr. Cavanagh is a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives in Bethesda, Maryland, near the heroines of this book, with her husband of 40 years. 

About the Illustrator

Jess Porta is a children's book author and illustrator who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband.  Jess has a background in human rights and in addition to collaborative projects like this one, Jess has her own series of children's books that address social issues.  Jess is also the Director of HQ Raleigh, an entrepreneurial community in North Carolina.  

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