by Karen E. Lotz, illustrated by Colleen Browning. Dutton Children's Books, 1993.
autumn in the city
pump the pedals
race the sun
down the blockwind smells like hot java beans
tickles the hairs on the back of my neck...
This vibrant picture book shows the joys of living in an exciting city neighborhood through the seasons of the year. The little girl rides her bike, paints her toenails, plays in the snow, feeds the kittens in the alley, takes out the trash, does her homework and plays in the water sprinkler shooting out of the fire hydrant. She dances across the pages delighting in the sights, smells and flavors of a life of joy. It is a pleasure to read and my kids ask for it over and over.
The poetry round up is at Miss Rumphius today. Enjoy browsing!