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Spring Is Here / Llegó la Primavera

Spring Is Here / Llegó la Primavera

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by Taro Gomi

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A playful tour of the four seasons.


A playful tour of the four seasons.

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This clever story takes readers throughout the course of a year using a calf as a backdrop. The snow-white animal is introduced on the first page. As the text mentions the melting snows, patches of brown representing the earth appear on its back. As viewers zoom in on the earth, those patches become covered with sprouts of new grass and then blooming flowers, a lush grassy meadow, and storm-tossed fields, until the lamb disappears entirely. It is only with the return of winter, quiet and white, that its outline once again emerges, as a full-grown cow. Gomi's illustrations are elegant in their simplicity. He effectively incorporates touches of color-the tender greens of spring; the blues, black, and grays of a summer tempest; the russet browns of fall; and the whites that herald winter. Children will be captivated by his clever use of human figures and animals in each scene. -School Library Journal, starred review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A winsome calf provides the backdrop--literally--for this charming story. With each turn of the page, the young animal is imaginatively transformed to reflect some activity of the four seasons: snow melting, seedlings springing up, harvest, all the way to the snow melting again and revealing that--the calf has grown. The story line follows the cycle of the seasons from one spring to the next, and its spare, fluid text--wedded to the vigorous graphics--vividly conveys the underlying themes of renewal and growth. Japanese artist Gomi won the Graphic Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair for this work, and it's easy to see why. The colors are joyful and fresh, and the artist's playful approach to perspective makes this a perfect picture book. Ages 2-6. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-- A year from spring to spring is graphically and textually described through the earth's seasonal changes and the maturation of a baby calf. As in Hi Butterfly (Morrow) and Coco Can't Wait (Penguin, both 1985), Gomi engages readers and invites them to watch the calf's subtle physical changes plotted against those of the meadow in which he lives. The crisp, clear graphics in bright, distinct colors are sometimes collage-like in appearance, with shapes of the calf and the horizon blending together as the story progresses. These large, uncluttered illustrations and minimal text make this an ideal choice for toddler story time as well as for one-on-one usage with the lap-sittting crowd. --Celia A. Huffman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland

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Chronicle Books LLC
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Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Taro Gomi lives in Japan and has illustrated more than 100 books for children.

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Spring Is Here: Llegó la Primavera 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute book! My 2 year old nieces loves the colors and pictures. I love that it is bilingual, I wish is was easier to find more books like this one.