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Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It's Spring!
     

Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It's Spring!

by Marion Dane Bauer, John Shelley (Illustrator)
 

Rap, bap, tap.Late one winter night, a boy wakes to strange noises. There's a bear in his yard! The bear leads him to a forest, where the snow has grown muddy and the trees have sprouted buds. The frost is melting--crinkle, crackle, CRACK. As they move deeper into the forest, the sounds grow louder.Rap, bap, tap, crunch, scrunch, crinkle, crackle,

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Rap, bap, tap.Late one winter night, a boy wakes to strange noises. There's a bear in his yard! The bear leads him to a forest, where the snow has grown muddy and the trees have sprouted buds. The frost is melting--crinkle, crackle, CRACK. As they move deeper into the forest, the sounds grow louder.Rap, bap, tap, crunch, scrunch, crinkle, crackle, CRACK!In an explosion of spring a baby bird is born, ice shatters, and flowers burst forth.

John Shelley's illustrations celebrate the season in a burst of color, as the woods transform from a moonlit winter wonderland to a wonderfully bright floral scene.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
In a year that seems really reluctant to let go of winter, this could not be a more appropriate book. Using a conversational tone, the narrator describes the sounds of a house constricting with the winter thaw. Although the ground remains snow covered, there are crackles and crunches indicating that winter may be losing its relentless hold. Waiting outside the door for a shaggy-haired child is a bear that, fresh from hibernation, invites the child on a nighttime exploration of a still cold and wintry landscape. Clearly, this is a friendly bear since the child and animal walk off, “Hand in paw, paw in hand.” Around them they hear the promise of a new season in buds preparing to burst forth and breezes that have changed from gusts to zephyrs. Still, the mud is cold and sucking; the moon is ice clear. Other animals emerge from their winter hiding places to join the parade to spring. The cracking sounds crow louder. A pond monster, perhaps? The, with an explosion of sound an egg that might have belonged to a dinosaur explodes in a cacophony of spring color. Birds, flowers, and nuzzling insects emerge and the smiling group of animal and one human friend say that they knew spring was coming. This book, with Shelley’s charming illustrations is perfect for story times and for classes learning about how the expression of sound enriches a story. The group of friends exploring the winter, then the spring, landscape is sort of a latter-day Pooh, clearly cuddly and not fearsome to even the youngest reader. Include this in a springtime story program. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross; Ages 3 to 7.
School Library Journal
03/01/2015
PreS-Gr 2—Wakened by strange sounds on a late winter night, a child ventures to the door and sees a bear standing in the yard. The shaggy animal issues an invitation to follow saying, "It is time." As they venture into the woods, they listen to the sounds around them and the bear insists that the time is right, but for what? Breezes and buds echo the refrain as do a rabbit, squirrel, and beaver that join the snowy walk. Their destination? A huge nest topped by a gigantic egg that bursts open with a tremendous "crack" and releases a shower of birds, flowers, and butterflies to usher in spring. The twisted branches and gnarled roots of Shelley's trees recall the illustrations for Halloween Forest (Holiday House, 2012), a previous author/artist pairing. But these India ink and watercolor illustrations, including the fuzzy woodland animals, are inviting, not scary. Bauer's text flirts with rhyme and repetition that could have created read-aloud engagement but settles for prose that yields no surprises. VERDICT An adequate but not essential purchase for collections whose readers need a glimpse of spring as winter drags on.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato
Kirkus Review
2015-01-20
Bauer's imaginative first-person romp puts (some) readers right into the story, inviting them to journey with the animals in the moonlight to welcome spring. Under the eaves of a homey (and nicely untidy instead of spic-and-span) house, "you," pictured as an androgynous blond, Caucasian child, are startled by some noises and must investigate. Stepping outside, you meet a bear who says, "It is time….Come with me." You are kept wondering what it is time for as more noises follow the first ones, and animals and plants and even the breeze join the bear's chorus that it is indeed time. Curiosity battles fear as more and more animals join the hand-in-hand parade to an unknown destination, the noises growing ever louder. Readers may start to feel their own curiosity fading in the lengthy setup to an over-too-quickly climax: A gigantic egg cracks open to spill out all things spring. Still, the text is at times lyrical and calming: "Cold mud sucks at your feet. / The moon is ice. / Even so, traveling with a bear / is rather nice…." Shelley's India ink-and-watercolor illustrations are charmingly detailed if ethnically limiting in their representation of "you." His animals are gentle and friendly, and the forest is a wonderfully textured place that harbors nothing scary. A new perspective on the "arrival of spring" theme best suited to blond, pink-skinned readers. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823429523
Publisher:
Holiday House Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2015
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

MARION DANE BAUER has written more than 80 children's books, including picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, and novels. She won a Newbery Honor for On My Honor, a middle grade coming-of-age story. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit her website at www.mariondanebauer.com.

John Shelley is an award-winning artist who has illustrated more than twenty books, including Crinkle, Crackle, Crack and Halloween Forest by Marion Dane Bauer. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews praised Halloween Forest as “elegantly designed.” He lives in Norwich in the United Kingdom.

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