Tuesday, July 31, 2007


by Alice Low with Roy McKie pictures
Random House, 1963

This is probably one of my all time favorite books to read to my son.

We like the things the summer brings.
It brings the sun.
It brings the heat.
It brings the things we like to eat.

I originally checked it out from the library and fell in love, then went searching on the Internet for another copy. It is still in print, but I believe I purchased my used copy off of half.com. When it arrived, I was surprised to see that there were some major changes to the book from when it was originally published to the most recent version like we'd checked out from the library.

First off, in the original version, both children in the book were blond. In the new version, the girl is mousy brown. There were also some additional pages deleted that portrayed a few scenes that could be construed as negative in an otherwise idyllic summer book but funny none-the-less. The offending scenes include a run in with an angry red bull, an ant attack on their picnic, the boy putting a croquet ball through the window of a car and a meeting between the dog and a wayward crab.

Also by:
Bennett Cerf's Book of Animal Riddles
The Nose Book
Bennett Cerf's Book of Laughs
Bennett Cerf's Book of Riddles


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Kimberly said...

Delightful book!

Clare said...

Goodness! Snow is one of my very favourite books from my childhood which I've enjoyed sharing with my daughters. I had no idea there were any others and I'm off to try and track down a copy of Summer to go with it!

Bill Gunter said...

After reading the condensed board book version to my son, I promptly hit eBay to get the full book. It sits on my shelf in my office. I read it when the winter blues get really bad. Also, anything drawn by Roy McKie is a winner.

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