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Nature is busy budding and flowering; baby animals are being born; gardeners are planting; and everywhere children are running and playing. In rhyming text, the author celebrates Spring.

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Nature is busy budding and flowering; baby animals are being born; gardeners are planting; and everywhere children are running and playing. In rhyming text, the author celebrates Spring.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3
Enliven your theme lists for seasons, spring, verbs, or just fun with this cheerful picture book. Spring ends with "ing," and Raczka takes children from winter's end to summer's beginning with several befitting "ing" words. From "Melting, dripping, cold's grip slipping" to "buzzing, humming—summer's coming!" readers will remember all of the things they love to do when the weather changes. Using a spring palette, Stead's paintings add an entertaining element and useful clarification to the active text. "Trees leaf-outing" and "lemonading" provide humor and fit the rhyme pattern but might hamper the book's value as a verb-teaching tool. The book includes a four-question rhyming quiz that has the same uplifting spirit as the book.
—June WolfeCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Winter's thaw brings numerous activities, in pictures and verse. Raczka's catchy rhyming text is told mostly in gerunds ("sunning, warming, thunderstorming"), and Stead offers simple pleasant acrylic paintings for each. In the beginning, a snowman is melting as two children catch the drips from an icy tree in their mittens. There's also baseball, a lemonade stand, working in a garden, etc. At times, Raczka works some fun linguistic twists-"trees leaf-outing"-to keep his rhyme going. And maintaining the "ing" allows him to build to the appropriate finale, "spring," with an accompanying two-page illustration of a verdant field studded with frolicking children and bright flowers, birds, butterflies and bees. The minimum of words should make this more inviting to its very young target audience, while the pictures might stimulate creative play. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497678606
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/16/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Edition description: Digital Original
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Bob Raczka is the author of four seasonal books: Snowy, Blowy WinterSpring ThingsSummer Wonders; and Who Loves the Fall? He lives in the Chicago area with his family and dog. 

Judy Stead has worked as a teacher, graphic designer, art director, illustrator, author, and painter. She’s illustrated more than a dozen children’s books including Snowy, Blowy Winter and Best Friend on Wheels. She lives with her family in Charlotte, NC, where her “treetop” studio overlooks some of Mother Nature’s wildest work.
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