All We Know

illus. by Jane Dyer. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780061689581.
PreS-Gr 1—This musical read-aloud tracks an unnamed child through various nature-filled scenes and seasons—"A cloud knows how to rain./The thunder, how to boom./A bulb knows when it's time to sleep/and when it's time to bloom." Readers follow along from farm to forest to seashore and back, ending at home with the big finale. "And—not so very long ago,/on a moonlit night—you knew how to tell me/that the time was finally right./The days know how to march along/no matter what we do./And I know how to love you,/no one taught me…/I just knew." This sweet journey of nature and love is wonderfully illustrated with Dyer's softly artistic and realistic style, which has served many other picture books so well. She perfectly mirrors the mood and text of the story while providing welcome details and texture.
VERDICT This lovely book is a great read-aloud for storytime or individual sharing. It also might spark discussions by children asking about how the mother knew "the time was right."

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