We've been finding some great library books lately, following our library routine. When I saw Mama, Is It Summer Yet? on the shelf a few weeks ago, I recognized Nikki McClure's papercut illustrations. She cuts each picture out of black paper with an exacto knife (can you imagine!). I first discovered her work because a good friend gave me her beautiful baby book The First 1000 Days which I've been trying to fill in for Baby M.
This sweet, repetitive book shows a mother and child getting ready for summer. The child asks "Mama, is it summer yet?".
"Not yet," she answers as they plant their seeds and wait for them to sprout and grow.
They move through the seasons, tending their garden through the springand reading books out on the lawn once it gets a little warmer.
"Is it summer now?"
"Yes! Oh yes, my little one! The honeybees are in the flowers. The sun is warm on your round belly. The berries are juicy and sweet." And now that spring has finally arrived, a nice warm summer is right around the corner.