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Children's LiteratureFive previously issued stories (Hello Spring, Blue's Beach Day, My Dress-Up Party, My Visit with Periwinkle,and Hooray for Polka Dots) about Blue and her friends have been pulled together in this collection. In Hello Spring, Blue does not seem at all upset to be saying goodbye to winter. No more snow, ice, sled, boots, mittens, and hat. It is time to go outside and enjoy warm sunny days and watch animals, smell the flowers, and play on the swings and slide at the park. The colorful collage illustrations are full of the things kids enjoy doing. Blue has invited her friends over for a costume party. The characters and other parts of the story are presented in rebus format, with the words printed underneath the pictures. While Ticky Tock has decided to go as a grandfather clock, and Mailbox is dressed as a postman, Blue can not decide what to wear. In the end, she and Joe dress as each other and the party finally gets underway in My Dress-Up Party. My Visit with Periwinkle is a rebus reader. Blue is getting ready for a visit from her friend, Periwinkle. There is a lot to do, so Blue makes a list. She needs to clean the house, make the lunch and especially the dessert. First she puts all her toys away and straightens up her room, and when the house is all tidy she heads for the kitchen to prepare lunch. Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper are ready to help as they make peanut butter and cheese sandwiches. The first step is to put out cookies and milk. After lunch Periwinkle and Blue head out to fly their kites. All of us have times when we are a little worried or afraid of something. In Hooray for Polka Dots, Blue and her friends head off to the fair for a classouting. Polka Dots (a stuffed animal) goes along. When Magenta is afraid to ride the airplanes, Blue encourages her to take Polka Dots and then the ride will not seem so scary. The same is true for Periwinkle and the merry-go-round and Blue and the big yellow slide. Encouragement and a comfort toy help them all overcome slightly scary situations in this rebus story. 2005, Simon Spotlight/Nick Jr./Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 to 6.