Spring Rain Winter Snow
haiku by Edward J. Rielly
Spring Rain Winter Snow received an Honorable Mention in the Haiku Society of America 2015 Kanterman Book Awards for books published in 2014. Books were judged by Charles Trumbull and Neal Whitman and announced by the Society on June 1, 2015.
Spring Rain Winter Snow celebrates the four seasons with insightful haiku and enchanting illustrations. The pages of this lovely book are filled with opportunities for children to gaze, wonder, question, and smile. Both children and adults will enjoy this book for its engaging approach to the magic of nature's seasons.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Seasons
ISBN: 978-1-941830-94-9 (print; hardcover)
32 pages; 18 illustrations; hardcover
Edward J. Rielly, author of about two dozen books, is a professor of English at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. He lives in Westbrook, Maine, with his wife, Jeanne. His recent publications include Bread Pudding and Other Memories: A Boyhood on the Farm (Little Creek Press. A Division of Kristin Mitchell Design, LLC, 2014), The Sister Fidelma Mysteries: Essays on the Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne (with David Robert Wooten, McFarland, 2012), Legends of American Indian Resistance (Greenwood, 2011) , and To Sadie at 18 Months and Other Poems (Moon Pie Press, 2011). Spring Rain Winter Snow is his first children’s book.
Angelina Buonaiuto is a kiri-e(cut paper) artist from Maine, living in Brooklyn, New York. She uses paper, print, and paint to create unique colorful illustrations. Spring Rain Winter Snow is her first published book.
The contemporary format haiku in this engaging little collection hold images and surprises that children will appreciate, though the POV is decidedly "grandpa's." In the best haiga tradition, the lovely illustrations by Angelina Buonaiuto complement but do not repeat the poems. Altogether a welcome reprieve from the usual 5—7—5 directed at children. Haiku Society of America, Summer 2015
Haiku books for children often don't get the mix of artwork and haiku right, and often the haiku are amateurish or dumbed-down. That isn't the case here. The artwork in "Spring Rain Winter Snow" is bold and contains a variety of natural objects that will easily engage a child, allowing for extended storywork on each page, and the haiku themselves are well-suited for children but also smart enough for adults. A perfect pairing! Modern Haiku,Summer 2015.
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