Do I Have to Wear a Coat?: A Journey Through the Seasons

Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Mar. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525516606.
PreS-Gr 1–Isadora’s latest offering begins by listing all the seasons and then asking; “Do I have to wear a coat?” First up is spring and viewers learn that the weather is delightful, new farm babies are born, and it’s a perfect time to play outside and smell the flowers. However, when it rains in the spring, out come the raincoats. Next comes summer, full of ice cream and camping outside and going to the beach; there is no mention of a coat. Fall and winter are covered in the final pages with scenes of all their beauty and multiple activities that they offer; here the text mentions wearing sweaters in the fall and the necessity for a coat in the winter. The book hosts a lovely cast of adorable children interacting in each season. Every other page has the four seasons listed on the top with the “featured” season in a larger font with a distinct color.
VERDICT A solid primer to introduce the seasons, but not an essential purchase.

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