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Children's LiteratureFirst published in 1945, this reissued picture book classic will charm a new generation and delight parents and grandparents who remember the original. With spring's arrival, "winter's gone away," and the children come outdoors to play. They laugh and sing and dance. They enjoy nature, from the sunshine to the apple blossoms to the baby birds and lambs. And, if children today do not have their milk delivered by a milkman's carriage, and their parents do not hang clothes outside on the line to dry, the other rites of spring—from flying kites to picking flowers to skipping rope—still ring universally true. After all, "Spring is here—Spring has come to stay." The author's original illustrations, though color enhanced, have been retained in this edition, giving the small-sized book its old-fashioned yet timeless feel. Acclaimed author Lois Lenski, a Newbery Medalist and IRA Children's Book award winner, wrote and illustrated more than ninety books for children. 2005 (orig. 1945), Random House Children's Books/Random House, Ages 4 to 8.
—Valerie O. Patterson