Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms

by Julia Rawlinson, Tiphanie Beeke

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Fletcher loves everything about spring: listening to the birds sing, smelling just-opened flowers, and playing chase with butterflies. But then Fletcher sees something he never expected to see in spring: snow. Oh, no!

But it turns out that spring has another surprise in store for Fletcher—a warm and wondrous one.

Jump into spring with Fletcher nd


Fletcher loves everything about spring: listening to the birds sing, smelling just-opened flowers, and playing chase with butterflies. But then Fletcher sees something he never expected to see in spring: snow. Oh, no!

But it turns out that spring has another surprise in store for Fletcher—a warm and wondrous one.

Jump into spring with Fletcher nd friends!

Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Preschoolers will love being in on the joke, even as they marvel at the bright petals that herald the astonishing beauty of spring.”
Publishers Weekly

Introduced in Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, the cute little fox Fletcher now discovers spring. Seeing blossoms swirling through the air-Beeke renders them as a flurry of white smudges-Fletcher becomes convinced that the snow has returned. Feeling "bouncy [and] full-of-importance," he sounds the alarm to his forest comrades, who are not a little peeved when they realize Fletcher's mistake. All is quickly forgiven as they revel in the glories of the season: "The animals scooped up pawfuls and clawfuls of blossoms from the ground, and covered him in a tickly shower of fluttering white petals!" The distinctly British lilt of Rawlinson's prose should prove captivating for preschoolers. But it's Beeke who gives this book its reason for being. Working in her signature naïf style, she gives each character a vivid personality (the steadfast porcupine and slacker rabbits are particularly memorable) and conjures up an irresistible forest: bathed in warm greens and yellows, punctuated with impish bursts of color, and just imposing enough to be a suitable setting for adventure. Ages 3-7. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Fletcher the fox is exuberantly enjoying the sights and sounds of spring until he goes into the orchard. He sees "snowy flakes" carried on the softly blowing breeze and determines he must warn the other animals that more snow is coming. He warns the birds, who say they must warn the Porcupine, before they fly back south. Porcupine says before he crawls back into bed he must tell Squirrel, who must tell the rabbits, who exclaim they want to go play in the snow. A trip to the orchard reveals that it is not snow after all. It is an orchard full of blossoms. Rawlinson uses an old but successful story pattern in a fresh new tale. This second seasonal book about Fletcher will be a hit with young children. The book has an inviting layout and Fletcher is drawn with such personality. On certain pages the text curves down the page, reflecting the language and adding to the playful illustration. Beeke used pastels to create the springtime color pallet. Each turn of the page offers a new and fresh perspective. The final two-page spread shows glittering blossoms in the trees. This is ideal for a spring story hour. Teachers might also want to use it as an introduction to what happens in spring. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Sweet little Fletcher the fox is back in a charming, repetitive tale about a spring surprise in this gently animated version of Julia Rawlinson's book (Greenwillow, 2009). As he pulls his cart through a lush, green meadow, Fletcher is alarmed to see snowy flakes falling so late in the season. He rushes off to warn "a pair of birds coo-cooing on a branch," a groggy porcupine, "a squirrel scampering after sunbeams," and some rabbits rolling down a hill. While the birds resolve to fly back south, Porcupine decides to go back to bed, Squirrel hunts for more food, and the carefree rabbits exclaim, "Let's go and play in the snow!" As they all race to the orchard, they discover a snowy blanket of "BLOSSOMS!" The friends scoop up the downy pink and white petals, running and playing until "they all collapsed in a blossomy, soft-white heap." Tiphanie Beeke's chunky pastel illustrations capture the rich greens of the season, with small bursts of colorful flowers and endearing woodland creatures. The screen is awash with yellow sunlight, verdure meadows, and blush blossoms. Observant viewers may notice the pink and purple cast to the "snow," and predict the outcome, though most will probably succumb to Fletcher's misguided concerns. A springtime melody of woodwinds and strings complements the British narrator's telling. An interview with the illustrator shows how she collects ideas and images from photos, the Internet, and YouTube. A lighthearted seasonal tale of friendship and the rites of spring.—Barbara Auerbach, P.S. 217, Brooklyn, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Young Fletcher has made it through the winter, and so has the anxiety that marked his debut (Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, 2007). When the little fox, on a walk through the orchard, sees "snowy flakes" dancing in the springtime breeze, he panics: "It will be too cold for the buds and butterflies. There's no time to lose." In cumulative turn, he alerts the birds, Porcupine, Squirrel and the rabbits-who discover the blossom-carpeted orchard floor. "Those are blossoms, not snow, you foolish fox!" Not to worry: They're good fun to play with, and the friends make the most of the opportunity. Beeke's sun-dappled paintings glory in the hues and textures of spring, giving the lie to Fletcher's concerns with every page turn. (Picture book. 3-6)
Children's Literature - Miranda McClain
Fletcher is enjoying a lovely spring day but when he sees snowflakes in the orchard he quickly warns the other animals that winter is not over. The birds must fly back south, hedgehog must go back to sleep, squirrel must gather more nuts. When the group of friends tells the rabbits that there is snow in the orchard the playful bunnies want to see for themselves—and even play in it. What they find when they get there is not what they expect, for it was not snowflakes but blossoms that Fletcher saw. The animals scoop them up like snowballs and have a grand time. Tiphanee Beeke's charming illustrations lend themselves easily to animation and Katherine Kellgreen's delightful, soothing voice make this DVD an enchanting way to entertain young children while they learn about the wonders of the changing seasons. The interview with the illustrator, an extra feature, is an enlightening view into how a picture book comes together and the suggested before and after viewing activities are a tremendous bonus for parents and educators. Reviewer: Miranda McClain

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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Julia Rawlinson grew up in London and graduated from Southampton University with a degree in geography. She is the author of Fletcher and the Falling Leaves and Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Tiphanie Beeke attended the Royal College of Art, where she earned a master's degree in communication and design. She is the illustrator of The Duck Who Played the Kazoo, by Amy E. Sklansky, and many other books for children. The artist lives in France with her husband and three children.

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