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Home > Children's Books > Wonder: A Song of the Seasons

cover of Wonder: A Song of the Seasons

Available April 2023

at your local bookseller or your favorite online book retailer.

Wonder: A Song of the Seasons
written by: Julia Key
illustrated by: Helen Cann
Subject(s): Age level:

Juvenile Fiction: Science & Nature / Environment; Animals / Birds

Ages 4 – 8

Format: Size / page count:


8" × 10" / 32 pages

ISBN: Date available:


April 2023



Wonder is a beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book that aims to heighten awareness of and interest in the natural world. The reader is invited to follow and share in the adventure of two young girls who cycle together from dawn to dusk, passing through an unfolding series of landscapes representing the cycle of the seasons. Through the text and illustrations, we get a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a child, and an encouragement to stop and look—indeed to use all of our senses to appreciate and fully engage with nature. The book also seeks to capture something of the mystery and magic of creation.

Wonder offers a true visual feast to children and adults alike, thanks to its captivating and intricate illustrations by award-winning artist Helen Cann. It is also an auditory feast — it is designed to be read aloud, with a musical quality and soothing repetitive rhythms that are sure to appeal to young ears.

Julia Key is a first-time children’s author, poet, and lifelong lover of words whose work is inspired by the beauty and intricacy of nature. She has worked as a translator, editor, and teacher to young and old alike. Julia is passionate about helping children to discover, respect, and protect the natural world around them. She loves to use words—and poetry especially—to capture something of the mystery and miracle of creation. Julia lives in Sheffield, among the green hills of the Peak District, in the north of England.

Helen Cann is an illustrator, painter, mapmaker, and hand letterer. She has illustrated more than thirty books, including the award-winning For Every Little Thing, Hand-Drawn Maps, and Feathers for Peacock. Her work has appeared in exhibitions around the world, has featured as props for film and television, and is commissioned for business logos and branding. Helen’s book illustrations are mainly hand produced using watercolor, collage, and graphite. She lives and works in her sunny seaside studio in Brighton, in the south of England.
A sample spread from the book “Wonder: A Song of the Seasons”, written by Julia Key and illustrated by Helen Cann

A sample spread from the book Wonder: A Song of the Seasons with text
by Julia Key and illustrations by Helen Cann

Another sample spread from the book “Wonder: A Song of the Seasons”, written by Julia Key and illustrated by Helen Cann

Another spread from Wonder: A Song of the Seasons

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