North Country Spring
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North Country Spring

by Reeve Lindbergh, Liz Sivertson
     
 

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The running of rivers, the wild geese returning, the bear cubs stepping out, and the peepers singing - this is the arrival of spring in the north country. Join all manner of north country animals as they respond in their own unique ways to the slow vanishing of the cold, dark winter. Reeve Lindbergh's verse captures the empowering voice of spring in language both

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The running of rivers, the wild geese returning, the bear cubs stepping out, and the peepers singing - this is the arrival of spring in the north country. Join all manner of north country animals as they respond in their own unique ways to the slow vanishing of the cold, dark winter. Reeve Lindbergh's verse captures the empowering voice of spring in language both poetic and precise, while Liz Sivertson's paintings are as spirited and free as the north itself. Together, poet and painter celebrate the wildness and beauty of a season that can never come too soon.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a fresh rush of rhyming couplets, the voice of spring calls northern creatures to life: "Wiggle out, swim about, says the voice to the trout./ Skim the silvery riverbanks, in and out"; "Strut out, tall moose, from your stand of spruce./ Walk around, feel the ground, let your bones get loose." Lindbergh's (The Midnight Farm) ebullient verse is a triumph song of spring's melting, sensory flush. And in first-time artist Sivertson's acrylic paintings, readers will float, swoop and exult along with the creatures: she gives the animals playful and unmistakable gestures that suggest by turns long-legged awkwardness, timid grace and soaring power. Her paintings are a sensory feast, setting the animals' often indistinct but expressive forms against backlit evergreens and grasses, or sometimes more abstract, energetically brushed, prismatic backgrounds. A glossary describing 14 animals is included. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
This celebration of spring invites a wide variety of creatures to come out and experience the awakening joys of the season. A voice, perhaps the wind, beckons the sap to start flowing in the trees and the leaves to bud. Wild geese take wing. Bear families tumble about and deer discover tender new grasses. The fish in the streams wake up, the frogs begin jumping, and the ducks slip into the marsh to lay eggs. Otters splash and play in the rivers. Owls fly free over the shadowy woods as mice skitter and hide. Bats, skunks, and wolves share the moonlit fields. And, finally, the people come out—the children, the parents, the grandparents. The breeze warms the land and the voice of spring is heard everywhere. The text in rhyming couplets establishes the glorious tone. Factual notes about the animals mentioned are included at the back. Attractive acrylic paintings capture the spirit of the season with large splashes of color and blurred forms that seem to blend together. A lovely tribute to spring.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Lindbergh uses her now familiar poetic style of rhythmic rhymed couplets to invoke the "song of spring." Spring's voice sends an invitation to the natural world, "Come out, come out." The bouncing playful text successfully echoes the energy and rebirth of the season, but it is the bright vivid paintings that truly convey its exuberance. Richly colored acrylics portray life bursting forth after a frozen winter. An imaginative and effective use of color, line, and movement creates striking images of tumbling bears, splashing otters, prowling wolves, a swooping owl, and more. This literary and visual celebration is a jubilee of color. Besides offering enjoyment, it has lots of potential curriculum uses.Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
From the Publisher

"This literary and visual celebration is a jubilee of color. Besides offering enjoyment, it has lots of potential curriculum uses." School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618809066
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Liz Sivertson graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1982. She began painting seriously in the late 1980s and makes a living as a fine artist. Aside from painting, playing the saxophone is a favorite pastime for Liz.

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