Thursday, June 21, 2018

Solstice Time! Summer Colors by Diana Murray

Mama serves lemonade.

Daddy and Uncle bring chairs from the shade.

It's the lazy, hazy days of summer for the grownups.

But the summer colors of the flowers and fields run riot, and so do the vacationing kids. It's summer and they mean to make the most of it. Even a threatening cloudburst doesn't inhibit the joy of the two kids who own the landscape. Summer's lease has too short a stay, and they don't need Shakespeare to tell them that.

In Diana Murray's joyful Summer Color! (Little, Brown and Company, 2018), the kids hit the ground running and see it all--grazing deer, egrets taking flight, frogs hopping into the creek, and a water snake slithering silently through the water. Then the sky darkens and down come the showers, leaving behind a rising mist--and a rainbow to spot as they race to shelter on the porch.

There are no delicate watercolor scenes here. Artist Zoe Persico's landscapes pop with supersaturated hues. The deep greens of the trees and the bright, bright colors of the flowers fill the pages with the showy shades of high summer. And a good time is had by all.

"A chipper frolic through nature's colorful palette," says Kirkus Reviews.

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