ACTIVITIES * TEACHING RESOURCES * LESSON PLANS * REVIEWS
Winner of the 2017
Phoenix Picture Book Award
Tell Me a Season
by Mary McKenna Siddals
illustrated by Petra Mathers
Clarion Books / 1997
Nature displays different colors to announce the seasons of the year and the time of day.
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What Color Is It?
Color the Rainbow
Can you identify each of The Four Seasons?
Spin your way through the Four Seasons
Cycle Round and Round through the seasons
Experiment with colors in Paint Splat
Match colors with words
(four online games)
Explore color with Magic Paint Brush
Play Darby's Colorful Music Keys
Make music with a colorful Water Xylophone
TEACHING RESOURCES and LESSON PLANS
Dress up a tree for a season! (activity/lesson plan)
Mother Nature's Color Game (outdoor game)
Four Seasons - a traditional Chinese game
Day and Night Activity Theme (activities)
Seasons module storybook & learning activities
(GLOBE program - free downloads)
Journey North - Journey South
Tracking seasonal change (online exploration)
Let's Think About Day and Night (lesson plan)
Paint a Morning, Noon and Night Triptych (activity)
The Colors of Nature (lesson plan/worksheet)
Activities for The Colors of Us by Karen Katz (pdf)
What Color Am I? project (pdf - lesson plan)
A book of simple but deeply gratifying pleasures.
The pages will be smudged by the
enthusiastic pointing of little fingers.
Cheerful yet elegant, spare yet satisfying,
compact yet enveloping... Both author and artist
capture the seasons with poetic intensity and wonder...
—American Library Association Booklist
Vibrant watercolors reflect
the text's simplicity and clarity.
--The Horn Book
This small and simple concept book...
is well done without being overdone, and the size
(a square seven inches) is just right.
—School Library Journal
All-season bedtime read.
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
One house and two young children move
through the seasons with the help of clear,
expressive words and jewel-like art.
—"Capitol Choices" Noteworthy Books for Children
A preschool audience will delight in the
friendly words and bold, colourful images.
—Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice"
Brings the seasons alive through
descriptive text and vivid illustrations....
—Education Today "Great Picks"
Each painting seems to evolve
into the next, just as the seasons do.
This is a small, beautiful book. Grab it.
—Ellen Freilich in Variety Online
A visually stunning introduction
to colors and the calendar.
—Books for Growing Minds
The text is simple but musical...
Petra Mathers' art shines... Great for the very young.
—Eileen Spinelli in A Child's Book Nook
A fine, small-size book for teaching young children about seasons, colors, and day/night, as well as for developing early awareness of nature and observation skills.
The sophistication and wit here
make this book a stand-out.
--Yellow Brick Road
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