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How Mama Brought the Spring Hardcover – January 24, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (January 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525420274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525420279
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.7 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,108,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosie doesn’t want to get out of bed because she’s sick of winter and wants spring. Her mother, Mrs. Levine, agrees, “I’ll tell you how your Grandma Beatrice brought spring to Minsk!” And so begins the story of  winters in Minsk, so severe the snowdrifts would touch the sky. But Grandma has a twinkle in her eye as she makes a batter, cooks perfect circles in a pan and slids them right on the blue tablecloth, looking like sunflowers against the sky. Add creamy filling, fold into bundles and top with cherry jam. Grandpa, Grandma, and Rosie’s mother feel so warm they shrug off their shawls, their sweaters, and socks. The delicious blintzes Grandma makes bring spring to Minsk. This is more mood piece than story, but the happiness that radiates from it is matched by the delightful watercolor illustrations, where winter blues turn to sunshine hues. Infused with Russian touches, swirls of snow, and smells, and portraying the warmth of a close-knit family, this is lovely to page through. A blintz recipe is included. Grades K-3. --Julie Cummins

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This delicious picture book provides the perfect recipe for those who are sick of winter. -- Kirkus, starred review

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When you live in a climate that has distinct seasons, you learn basic elemental truths; at a certain point in any given year you are going to be sick and tired of winter. Usually that point happens sometime in the middle of February. It's after the groundhog has done his whole spot-the-shadow confabulation and you're gearing up for a long stretch of overcast skies, marrow chilling days, and general bleakness. Spring, it seems, is just this beautiful intangible dream. This has been the case for centuries and, global warming permitting, will probably continue to exist somewhere. When this happens, it's nice to have a book like "How Mama Brought the Spring" to help chase away the chill winds. The kind of book that warms you deep down to your very core.

It isn't that Rosy Levine doesn't want to get up . . . okay, maybe it is. And who can blame her? Outside the sun hasn't shown its face in days and it seems like spring will never come to Illinois. Fortunately Rosy's mother understands, and to cheer her daughter up she tells her the story of how her own mother once brought spring to Minsk. On a day very much like this one Rosy's mother was also buried deep under her covers until she heard her mama up to something. In the kitchen the two of them start to make a mysterious food that involves yellow circles as bright as sunflowers and a blue tablecloth like a deep blue sky. As the two continue to cook the day grows warmer and warmer until the whole family is sitting down to delicious blintzes and the air outside has grown warm and balmy. And so Rosy and her own mother set out to do the same, hoping to bring a little bit of sunshine to a cold Chicago day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jewish Book World Magazine on September 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Rosy's mother coaxes her out of bed on a shivery Chicago day with a tall tale of how Grandma Beatrice melted the snow of Minsk with her sunshiny, warm blintzes. Jewish content is implied by the presence of blintzes as a springtime food, and by names such as Rosy Levine and Moishe the cat, but is not made explicit in any other way. The fanciful story combines themes of girl-power, family tradition, magical realism, and of course, yummy food. The old world story is framed by modern American scenes, making it easier for young readers to relate to, and reinforcing the concept of lador vador (from generation to generation). The blintz recipe at the end is not only an invitation to participate in the story, but is also a call to action for readers seek out their own family recipes. Delightful illustrations by Holly Berry mix expressive characters with touches of Eastern European folk art. Sunny blintz-yellow warms the scenes, which swirl with movement and interesting "camera angles." A collage of bright fabric borders makes the pages pop even more. Like Mama's blintzes, this story tickles the fancy, warms the heart, and makes the reader hungry for more. K-3 Reviewed by Heidi Estrin
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