Easter Babies: A Springtime Counting Book

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“When signs of spring are in the air, we look for babies everywhere!”
 
Joy N. Hulme and Dan Andreasen, who created the beautiful Stable in Bethlehem, now capture the spirit of a holiday and a season--with a counting concept worked right in. From one newborn foal walking on wobbly legs and five open-billed nestlings eager for food to 11 children playing in the park and 12 church bells ...

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Overview

NEW IN BOARD!

“When signs of spring are in the air, we look for babies everywhere!”
 
Joy N. Hulme and Dan Andreasen, who created the beautiful Stable in Bethlehem, now capture the spirit of a holiday and a season--with a counting concept worked right in. From one newborn foal walking on wobbly legs and five open-billed nestlings eager for food to 11 children playing in the park and 12 church bells ringing, this lovely board book celebrates spring, Easter, and new life. Hulme's gentle rhyme and Andreasen's softly hued, charming pictures work in perfect harmony, and the adorable bunnies, fuzzy yellow chicks, and frolicking lambs will enchant children.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS—Each digital and oil illustration of a farm animal is accompanied by one sentence of rhyming text with the appropriate numeral set in blue. "1 newborn foal gets to his feet/to walk on wobbly legs./2 brooding hens sit quite content/to hatch their nests of eggs." The concluding couplet, "In churches all around the town/12 Easter bells are ringing/… to celebrate the signs that spring/has brought new life to everything," is the only mention of the Christian holiday. The sweet, pastel spreads portray softly rounded animals with gentle faces in an idyllic country setting. However, Doreen Cronin's amusing Click Clack Splish Splash: A Counting Adventure (S & S) and Rebecca Fjelland Davis's educational Flowers and Showers: A Spring Counting Book (Capstone, both 2006) have more child appeal.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
Publishers Weekly
This Easter counting book features cheery pictures of baby animals on a farm. One newborn foal stands “on wobbly legs,” while a nest of five baby birds screech with “wide open bills,” and nine newborn kittens curl up on a pile of hay. There's a sweet, old-fashioned feel to Andreasen's paintings, as 11 children search for Easter eggs in a park—“racing, chasing, swinging”—and a final scene shows church bells ringing across a quaint village. Ages 3–up. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
"When signs of spring are in the air, / we look for babies everywhere!" With that opening the text proceeds to count up from one newborn foal and two brooding hens through five nestlings, eight piglets and ten ducklings through 12 Easter bells, which "are ringing ... / ... to celebrate the signs that spring / has brought new life to everything." Within the opening and concluding verses, the abcb rhyme scheme devotes a terminal rhyme to each counted item; the scansion sometimes labors to maintain this pattern. Andreasen's soft-focus paintings deliver almost uniformly adorable animals-even the scrawny just-hatched robins appear to be smiling. At 8.5" x 8.5", it will just fit into an oversized basket; make sure the kiddos brush their teeth after reading it. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402763526
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 701,048
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy N. Hulme writes picture books, pop-up books, and historical novels. Joy was born and raised near Salt Lake City, Utah, and now lives in Monte Sereno, California.
 
Dan Andreasen is an acclaimed illustrator of more than 25 picture books. He and his wife live with their three children in Medina, Ohio.
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