When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

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december 29
and i woke to a morning
that was quiet and white
the first snow
(just like magic) came on tip toes
overnight

Flowers blooming in sheets of snow make way for happy frogs dancing in the rain. Summer swims move over for autumn sweaters until the snow comes back again. In Julie Fogliano's skilled hand and illustrated by Julie Morstad's charming pictures, the seasons come to life in this gorgeous and comprehensive book of poetry.

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About the author

Julie Fogliano has spent her entire life reading children's books. Now she stays up way too late writing her own books while eating cereal. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their three children. They make her very tired, but give her lots of good ideas. When Green Becomes Tomatoes is her third book.

Julie Morstad is an award-winning illustrator and artist living with her family in Vancouver, B.C.

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Publisher
Roaring Brook Press
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Published on
Mar 1, 2016
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Pages
56
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ISBN
9781626727045
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Nonfiction / Concepts / Date & Time
Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / General
Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Weather
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