Picture Book Review: Firsts and Lasts

Firsts and Lasts by Leda Schubert

Firsts and Lasts: The Changing Seasons
by Leda Schubert, Clover Robin (Illustrator)

3 out of 5 stars

Two sisters chronicle their activities through the seasons, listing all the firsts and lasts of each time of year. In Spring, it’s the last time for a snow day, but the first time for a picnic in the park. In Summer, they wear their flannel pajamas for the last time, and run barefoot for the first time. In Fall, it’s the last time to pick fresh vegetables, and the first time to eat hot soup. In Winter, they watch the geese fly south for the last time, and drink hot chocolate for the first time.
The lovely thing about this book is that you know all these first and last times will come around again next year!

I really enjoyed this sweet book! All the familiar activities are such a wonderful reminder to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.

I didn’t always love the art style. Some of the pages are really beautiful, but sometimes the art looked a little weird. I like the mixed media style, but there are places where the elements in the art didn’t quite line up like they are supposed to. In one place, a child’s arm is pasted outside the sleeve of her sweater in a weird way, and it makes it look like her hand has been cut off! haha! The expressions on the characters faces are kind of creepy sometimes. But the pages of nature scenery are really lovely!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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