Spring Song

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When they feel spring's warm, gentle breezes, bears leave their winter dens, rabbits bound out of their burrows to hop through clover-filled meadows, butterflies emerge from their cocoons.
With lush illustrations and an inviting question-and-answer patterned text, Spring Song encourages children to emerge from their wintertime hideaways, to explore the seasonal changes in the world around them, and to join in ...

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Overview

When they feel spring's warm, gentle breezes, bears leave their winter dens, rabbits bound out of their burrows to hop through clover-filled meadows, butterflies emerge from their cocoons.
With lush illustrations and an inviting question-and-answer patterned text, Spring Song encourages children to emerge from their wintertime hideaways, to explore the seasonal changes in the world around them, and to join in nature's celebration of spring!

When new leaves sprout, buds appear, cocoons burst open, and other signs announce the coming of spring, various animals from bears to bullfrogs respond to the warmth of the season.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As in their previous collaboration, Winter Lullaby, Seuling and Newbold present a series of questions with rhymed answers, this time about spring and the renewed activity of various creatures, including humans. "When the sun warms/ the hard ground and makes it soft,/ what do moles do?/ "Dig a new row/ of tunnels below." Cocoons burst open "and release their prize," and bunnies "hop all over/ in the clover." For each question, Newbold conjures a different, expansive landscape; for each answer, he supplies a slightly anthropomorphized close-up of the featured animal. With their stately but unmoving panoramas seemingly etched in black-ink shadows, these acrylic paintings look almost like woodcuts. Each blade of yellow grass, each lush woodland flower or rush of waterfall, seems engraved precisely into the landscape's design. The writing, however, is sometimes clumsy (the black bear "wakes up to greet/ a swimming treat"; in other words, it sees a fish), and the questions are not to be mistaken for riddles. Asked "When tall reeds grow/ across the marshy wetlands,/ what do bullfrogs do?," for example, few children would guess, "Croak the night long,/ their mating song." Despite the occasional awkwardness, this handsome book offers readers a joyful introduction to the creatures of woodland, forest, mountain range, meadow and marshland. Most will accept Seuling's invitation to "come out to cheer,/ for spring is here!" Ages 2-5. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Vibrant, swirling illustrations depict crisp spring days in this inviting picture book. In response to questions presented, large double-page spreads show different animals engaged in springtime activities—a bear swipes at a fish;moles "Dig a new row/of tunnels below;" eagles "Build a high nest,/where newborns will rest." The overall rhyme scheme is not always even but adds aural interest to the book. With its vivid, highly defined graphic images and its focus on wildlife and wilderness scenes, this is sure to be a welcome addition to story time. 2001, Gulliver Books/Harcourt, $16.00. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer:Cherri Jones
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Seuling poses seven questions, each on a double-page spread, asking readers to predict how black bears, moles, skunks, bullfrogs, eagles, rabbits, and people will react to the seasonal changes. A two-page spread reveals the rhyming answer when the page is turned. For example, "When tall reeds grow/across the marshy wetlands,/what do bullfrogs do?" While it is doubtful that children will respond, "Croak the night long/their mating song," they may well guess "croak." The final question asks, "When cocoons burst/open and release their prize,/what do people do?" and the picture shows three children chasing butterflies to the response, "Come out to cheer/for spring is here!" Newbold's acrylic paintings are full of expressive details. This interactive book will prompt lively discussion and conversation as a read-aloud or for one-on-one sharing.-Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152023171
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: ILLUSTRATE
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA SEULING is the award-winning author of more than forty children's books. In the spring she leaves her New York City borough for Vermont.

GREG NEWBOLD lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and children. During spring he lovesto go trout fishing and to work in his vegetable garden.

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