From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-Florian continues to churn out clever poems accompanied by his spirited watercolor and colored-pencil artwork. Illustrations include a girl skateboarding on a green leaf, a boy doing handsprings, and a daisy with a smiling face poking around a brick wall. He employs lots of playful phrases: Spring is great/For growing grass./Spring has zing/And spring has sass and The March wind rattles/And skedaddles. There is one nimble concrete poem titled Rain Reign and another selection called Ten Things To Do When It Rains: -¦Surf the net./Build a jet./Or go outside and get wet. The format will be familiar to fans of Summersaults
(2003), and Winter Eyes
(1999, all HarperCollins), with plenty of white space framing muddy, childlike illustrations and simple, clear print. These sprightly odes shout out the poet's affection for the season and conclude his well-received quartet. Most libraries will want to purchase this entertaining suite.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma Library, CA
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K-Gr. 3. The last of Florian's seasonal series, which includes Winter Eyes
(2002), and Autumnblings
(2003), this collection of 48 short, rhyming poems celebrates a child's experience of spring in a winning combination of exuberance, delicacy, and messy fun. From flowers and showers to skateboard speeding and baseball striking, the small pictures, in watercolor and colored pencil, add to the physical sounds and action without overwhelming the words: "Picking berries is very fun / Very berry merry fun," reads the poem, which is accompanied by a picture showing a kid's hand smeared and blotchy with color. There is the delight of wallowing in oozing mud, and also "the feel of rain that drips / Down my nose and on my lips." Preschoolers will have fun chanting and acting out the rhyme and repetition; older kids will like all the puns and wordplay--from the book title to "Spring succeeds ex-seed-ing-ly." Yes it does. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved