School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Herrington explores seasonal changes in weather, plant and animal life, and people's activities. Spreads consist of a few simple sentences, plus a fact box and/or caption opposite full-page color photos. The titles introduce concepts such as animal migration and hibernation, although only Spring notes that seasons in northern and southern hemispheres are opposite. Most of the stock photos are adequate. Some fall colors are garish, and people can look more posed than spontaneous. Each book includes a brief picture glossary and instructions for a simple science activity, such as making a sun print or rain gauge with adult help. Suggestions to take a nature walk or start a science journal encourage readers to continue observing seasonal signs. Accompanying publisher websites offer articles and web links from Grolier Online.
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Now preschool to first grade students can take a more scientific, descriptive look at the season of spring, learning how the weather gets warmer and even the specific date, March 20th, of spring’s arrival. The text explains how a gentle breeze for kiting flying changes quickly into a strong wind that brings in rain for plants, trees, and animals. Simple terminology explains everything from the hibernation of bears to the migration of birds. When they reach page 28, students have an opportunity to challenge their new scientific knowledge about spring on the Let’s Explore section, while page 30 details how to build their own rain gauge so they can chart the rain. The vivid real life photographs with informative captions and shorter, large print help to build reader confidence as they begin to read more nonfiction books. Do not miss the fun facts throughout the book as they provide interesting information and show why this book belongs in schools and public libraries. This book is part of the “Rookie Read-About Science” series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker; Ages 4 to 8.