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Spring Blossoms
     

Spring Blossoms

by Carole Gerber, Leslie Evans (Illustrator)
 

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Spring is here, and with the new season comes trees full of life, color . . . and blossoms! From the creators of Leaf Jumpers and Winter Trees, Spring Blossoms introduces readers to a variety of different flowering trees.

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Spring is here, and with the new season comes trees full of life, color . . . and blossoms! From the creators of Leaf Jumpers and Winter Trees, Spring Blossoms introduces readers to a variety of different flowering trees.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Bright magenta and pink cherry blossoms reach out to a high-swinging girl in a deep pink top and sandals—it is spring! Open the book for a blast of brilliant new-leaf green as the girl and a friend in turquoise take off for the park to check out the trees, "dressed up for their yearly show." The predominant color is the pink of cherry, magnolia, and redbud with a deeper rosy-red for red maple blossoms; even the white dogwood and crab apple petals are outlined in pale pink. Beeches and white oaks put forth green-gold flowers in clusters, while the conifers—white pine and balsam fir—sprout tiny yellow blossoms and cones with some touches of pink on female and male flowers hidden under their twigs. As a windy spring rain begins to fall, the girls are showered with pink magnolia petals and race to catch them. Gerber tells the story in rhyming quatrains, two lines to a page, deftly incorporating the information into her verses. Artist Lewis has created her linoleum block prints with watercolor additions in her Maine letterpress studio, producing an overall impression of spring in its pink and delicate green garb, not exactly realistic but making use of line and color to evoke the season. The girls provide action to move the tale along and keep the pages turning. Especially decorative is a double-page layout of stylized flowers from each of the ten trees. Since further information about tree lifecycles is added for teachers or parents, the book would make a wonderful introduction for a spring field trip to a park or botanical garden, though these are mainly eastern or northeastern trees. Spring is different in other environments. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Kirkus Reviews
The third in a seasonal series by Gerber and Evans (Winter Trees, 2008, etc.), this picture book presents 10 different spring-blooming trees. Two young girls hold hands and skip out into a new spring day. "Spring is bursting out all over. / The sun is up. It's warm. Let's go! // Trees, so bare and plain in winter, / are dressed up for their yearly show." Gerber's gentle and informative text moves gracefully through the pages, providing descriptions of flowering trees. The dogwood and crab-apple flowers are easily recognized. Less familiar are the white oak and magnolia tree blossoms. Four of the examples show the difference between the male and female flowers (white oak, white pine, balsam fir and beech). Children unaware of the distinction might become distracted from the rhythm of the book and ask questions. Unfortunately, there are few answers in the poetic text. The ending pages show all the blossoms on one page, followed by a description of the transformation of trees in the spring, which includes a paragraph on male and female flowers. Evan's block-print-and–watercolor artwork provides clean and colorful images of the blossoms, although the medium seems to work better with the snow scenes and evergreens of the duo's Winter Trees. An artistic seasonal book, best appreciated by flower lovers. (Informational picture book. 4-7)
From the Publisher
"[A] book that brings the essence of spring to life."
—Booklist

". . . a unique contribution to informational literature. Given the new Common Core priorities, this book is real plus."
—School Library Journal

School Library Journal
PreS-K—An ode to the beauty of the season, this book is a catalogue of flowering trees that will charm children. Written in rhyming couplets, Gerber's spare text leaves plenty of room on the page for Evans's luscious bursts of color, including all the fresh pinks and greens one would witness on a fine spring day. Information is embedded in the poetry, such as the fact that some trees contain both male and female flowers: "White pine's male flowers, small and yellow,/grow in clusters near branch tips./Female flowers bloom weeks later./They're tinged with red, like slender lips." Back matter and clearly labeled illustrations help to make this a unique contribution to informational literature. Given the new Common Core priorities, this book is real plus.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580894128
Publisher:
Charlesbridge
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Carole Gerber has worked as a high school and middle school English teacher, an adjunct professor of journalism at Ohio State, a marketing director, editor of a company magazine, a member of creative teams at an ad agency and a hospital, a contributing editor to a computer magazine, and—finally!—as a writer of picture books, chapter books, elementary textbooks, magazine articles, speeches, annual reports, and patient education materials with such scintillating titles as Your Heart!/Your Lungs!/Your Prostate! Her picture book Winter Treeswas selected as a 2009 Outstanding Trade Book by the National Science Association and the Children's Book Council. Carole holds a B.S. in English education and an M.A. in journalism from Ohio State. She enjoys sharing her books with children through the Greater Columbus Arts Council Artists in Schools program. Leslie Evans was raised in Michigan and later trained as a printmaker at the Rhode Island School of Design. She often brings her printer's aesthetic to her work as an artist and illustrator, producing many of the illustrations for her children's books in her letterpress studio. When time allows she enjoys developing her own projects including calendars, prints, books and broadsides under her imprint, the Sea Dog Press. She has illustrated many books including Leaf Jumpers, The Yummy Alphabet Book, and the Alphabet Acrostic series (Clarion). Leslie lives in Watertown, Massachusetts where she delights in her daily walks along the Charles river with her dog, Clyde.

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