Mama, Is It Summer Yet? (Hardcover)

By Nikki McClure

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9780810984684, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2010

Summer 2010 Kids' Next List

“McClure's cut paper illustrations beautifully depict the long, confounding wait for the changing seasons. And it's printed on recycled paper!”
— Jilleen Moore, Square Books, Oxford, MS
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Young children see the passage of time through the seasonal changes to the world around them in this charming book, illustrated with Nikki McClure's extraordinary cut-paper art. A little boy who can't wait for summer keeps asking his mama, "Is it summer yet?" Mama says, "Not yet, little one," then points to the signs that spring is turning to summer--the softening of the earth, the nest-building of squirrels, the singing of birds--and encourages her son to savor the beauty of spring.Following the success of All in a Day, Nikki McClure once again uses her unique paper cutouts to showcase wonderful images of nature and the joys of family and the outdoors, creating a book that is both timeless and fresh.
Printed on recycled paper Praise for All in a Day

New York Times bestseller
Publishers Weekly bestseller

STAR] "This uplifting picture book succeeds in introducing children to the perennial promise of tomorrow through lithe language and honed imagery." --Kirkus, starred review

STAR] "A handsome, effective piece of bookmaking that captures the glory of a day and the possibilities it holds." --Booklist, starred review

About the Author

Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist who has been making paper-cuts since 1996. She is the author and illustrator of Abrams' Collect Raindrops and the illustrator of All In a Day, by Cynthia Rylant. Kirkus said her "illustrations make such nebulous concepts as hope and renewal accessible to young readers," and Publishers Weekly said children will enjoy "the tenderness of McClure's images." She lives in Olympia, Washington.