Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons / written and illustrated by Jon J Muth. 8.28.2014

Scholastic Press ISBN 9780545166683

Ages 4-8 PS-Grade 3 Rating: 5

A panda bear and two children explore the year in Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons, an illustrated volume of haiku. The character Koo was introduced in Muth’s earlier Zen Ties.

Readers of this sweet and cleverly-titled picture book will feel an immediate connection with author/illustrator Jon J Muth, whose informative preface explains why his poems do not precisely follow the cadence of traditional Japanese haiku. Muth describes haiku as capturing “a moment of emotion,” and that is exactly what he delivers in Hi, Koo! with expressive words and tender images that take the little panda and his friends from fall to summer.

Children will relate to the sensory world of young Koo as he dances through cold rain, eats warm cookies, studies icicles, rolls in new grass, catches fireflies, and skips stones. Koo’s personality shines through each haiku’s simple language and soothing watercolors. When joined by two unnamed friends, they romp together in scenes both universal (carefree summer handstands) and humorous (getting square eyes from too much winter TV).

For added enjoyment and learning, the author invites young readers to trace the capitalized letters on each page in a playful alphabetical journey through the 26 haiku in this delightful and visually rich book.

Nina Ditmar, CLJ

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