Thursday Book Feature: Celebrating All Seasons

The books I’m reviewing today contain poems, song lyrics, and prose for all seasons. Some of you may remember my review of Chasing the Green Sun back in 2012. This book is worth a second look, so be sure to scroll down and read my review.


Julie Andrews Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year
Compiled by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Copyright 2012.

The poems and song lyrics in this collection are divided into sections by month and season. At the end, there’s a section on other celebrations such as birthdays and welcoming newborns. Besides Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, other poets featured here include Emily Dickinson and John Updike, to name only a couple. The book includes illustrations and an index.

I enjoyed reading the poems in this collection. I knew most of the songs and ended up singing along, as I was reading the lyrics. I especially liked the Christmas section, which contains, among other things, Christina Rosetti’s poem that was the basis for “In the Bleak Mid-Winter,” a song I’ve sung a few times. I wish they’d included “Twas the Night before Christmas.” This book is fun for all ages, so if you have kids, I suggest reading them the poems and singing the songs with them, especially during the time of year for which the poems and songs are written.


Chasing the Green Sun
By Marilyn Brandt Smith
Copyright 2012

This is a collection of stories, poems, and essays written mostly by Marilyn. She collaborated on a few of them with her husband and other authors. The book is divided into twelve sections, each corresponding consecutively with the months of the year. Some of the pieces are seasonal. Others were originally published in the Behind Our Eyes anthologies and Magnets and Ladders. The title comes from an essay in which Marilyn describes how her son, born blind, perceived the moon when he was a child.

I met Marilyn years ago when I joined Behind Our Eyes, an organization of writers with disabilities, of which she is now president. It was fun losing myself in her writing. I wondered what would become of a woman in a hospital on New Year’s Eve, a victim of domestic violence. I laughed when a blind man told a policeman why he couldn’t move his van. I found her stories about her volunteer work in the Peace Corps fascinating. This is another book that can be read over and over again the whole year through.


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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

6 thoughts on “Thursday Book Feature: Celebrating All Seasons”

  1. Hi, Abbie–What a wonderful post!  While I have read and much enjoyed the autobiography of Julie Andrews, I have not yet read the book you detailed by Ms. Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.  Thanks to your review, I am eager to read the book in the very near future.  Secondly, I have read CHASING THE GREEN SUN; like you, I know I would enjoy reading this book again.  With the variety of pieces and topics in Marilyn Brandt Smith’s book, CHASING THE GREEN SUN should appeal to almost all of your blog readers.

    With appreciation for your Thursday reviews, Alice

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  2. Every summer for about 12 years, I spent summers in Salzburg, Austria and other locations where the movie was filmed. I took the tour a number of times that took visitors to all the locations used in the film,, “Sound of Music.” Julie Andrews is one of my favorites and I know this book would be a good one, too.

    I own a copy of Marilyn Brandt’s Book, _Chasing the Green Sun_ and enjoy it very much. I did an interview with the author for my blog some years ago – and I agree it is well worth a second reading. Thanks for these interesting reviews.

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