Summer North Coming, words by Dorothy Bentley, illustrations by Jessica Bertram (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2019).
“A full-color experience of the seasons in Canada’s north.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“The somewhat Yoda-esque quality of Bentley’s poetry appropriately slows the pace of the book’s reading so that youngsters can absorb some of the details of Bartram’s artwork. The summer pages are filled with lush greens punctuated by the colours of various flowers, birds and insects before giving way to fall’s more muted palette. Colourwise, Winter North is a contrast of crisp dark nights and day’s snow-blinding whiteness that are both eventually conquered by the warmth oranges of the sun’s spring return. . . In terms of both its text and illustrations, Summer North Coming is definitely a book to return to and linger over. Bentley’s words are rich in their sparseness, and Bartram’s illustrations are full of details to be discovered during subsequent readings.
— CM Magazine
The poetry is based on Bentley’s personal experiences with a touch of whimsey.
“Sure to become a classic.” – a reviewer.
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Gayle Sherman composed “Swirling Rapids” inspired by Summer North Coming. Thank you to Nicola Cameron for sharing Summer North Coming with her piano students.