Wednesday, June 21, 2017

And Then Comes Summer

Now that summer is officially upon us, it’s time to start thinking about all the ways to entertain our children and ourselves. In a contemporary environment, the "lazy days of summer" are often anything but lazy. Many parents will anticipate the time about to be spent rushing from swimming lessons to baseball games, and squeezing meals in between; children might imagine playing video games or watching TV for hours while planning for the next sleepover or scouting event.

And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner reminds us of the joys of our youth: flip flops, double-decker cones from the ice cream truck, crickets’ songs, and playing outside until dark. Hopscotch, lemonade stands, and fireworks all join together to paint a picture of a calmer, more relaxing and enjoyable summertime. "When it’s so hot you’re practically panting, and not even the sprinklers provide relief…then it’s time to head to the lake." Campfire stories and tents provide the setting for a cozy family getaway that everyone can enjoy and remember fondly.

The text is simple, but evocative of a less complicated time. Jaime Kim’s illustrations are colorful and energetic, representing the exuberance of childhood and a simpler way of life. Life seems extraordinarily busy for most people these days, and we all deserve a rest; a chance to just stop, breathe, and marvel at the beauty and joy around us. Watch the flowers bloom. Ride your bike or play just a bit longer. Everyone watches out for everyone else. Bedtime can be delayed. This is the way life was meant to be.

"When your fingers are sticky with marshmallow and chocolate, and fires burn down to glimmering coals, then snuggle into your sleeping bag and plan tomorrow’s adventures."

Now doesn’t that just sound delightful?

Guest post by Bridget W.

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