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January 1&15, 2020

January 2020

January 2020 Issue


Green on Green
by Dianne White, illustrated by Felicita Sala

​Endpaper illustrations of the same tree during spring and summer (in the front) then fall and winter (in the back) foreshadow the chronology of this story, but this radiant combination of poetic text and warm, inviting watercolor, gouache, and colored-pencil illustrations is much more than a simple depiction of changing seasons.

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