In the Town All Year Round is a classic in our house. It’s a book with very few words, but my kids can sit and flip through the pages for hours. We’ve had this book for years, and it gets pulled off the shelf at least once a week, and it usually results in at least 45 minutes of happy, quiet page turning. (Thanks, Tess, for the wonderful suggestion, all those years ago!)
This is an “identification book,” divided into four sections: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each section begins with a full page highlighting items, people or events to keep an eye out for. Heidi loves to look for Cassie, the cat, on each page. Claire loves to seek out the mysterious motorbike driver, whose identity is revealed on the last page of the Winter section. I love Noah, who for some reason almost always appears with a goose.
The book is like a puzzle, with each page featuring cross-sections of buildings, familiar townspeople, and comical story lines (like the woman so engrossed in her book that she always bumps into things as she reads and walks). The kids flip through the pages, following characters along their everyday activities throughout the town, and throughout the year.
Since the illustrations are so detailed, the kids love to scour the scene looking for features and surprises. It amazes me how long Claire and Heidi can spend flipping through the book, looking for their favorite details. If your kids love Where’s Waldo or the Richard Scarry Busytown books, they’re sure to love this one. Unfortunately, it’s not available in Kenya, but you can always order it on Amazon for delivery here! (My favorite way to get hard-to-find books in Kenya!)
Happy reading! I hope you love In the Town All Year Round as much as we do…