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How Robin Saved Spring Hardcover – March 31, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805069704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805069709
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lady Winter (“A perfect world would be cold and white every day of the year”) knits a magical white blanket to ensure that Sister Spring will never awaken from her seasonal slumber. A troubled Robin calls on his woodland friends to help wake Sister Spring, but Bear, Caterpillar, Maple Tree, Ladybug, and Skunk all fail. Robin finally flies to Mother Sun for some morning light, which awakens Sister Spring, but the closeness to Mother Sun turns Robin’s “plain brown belly into a bright orange-red.” Ceccoli’s romanticized acrylic paintings are not as edgily effective as those in The Girl in the Castle inside the Museum (2008), and the visual characterizations don’t enforce the potential robustness of the story. Still, this attractive book will attract adult readers who might want to include it in seasonal story hours. This original how-and-why story has the repetitive structure of a folktale, although Ouellet’s tale is not based in traditional lore. Preschool-Grade 2. --Janice Del Negro

About the Author

DEBBIE OUELLET has had her work published in children’s magazines and journals. This is her first book for young readers. She lives in Loretto, Ontario, Canada.

NICOLETTA CECCOLI is the award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum. She was awarded the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators and won the Andersen Prize, honoring her as the best children’s book illustrator in Italy. She lives in San Marino, Italy.

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The story is interesting too and my daughter has enjoyed it.
Seattle Mama
This is a very sweet book with beautiful artwork & a unique, interesting story.
Maria Saluto-Biggers
In short, I'd say this is a great book to add to your collection!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Whitney on April 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Winter lasts a long time here in Alaska. While friends are emailing that daffodils and tulips are in bloom in the Lower 48, I am still shoveling snow from my driveway. When people are thinking of putting in annuals in their flower pots, we still see our breath in the morning. Perhaps that is why a book about SPRING is so appealing and this one did not disappoint! The moment I saw this book at the store, my attention was captured by the beautiful cover! I couldn't wait to get this home to my daughters (ages 8 and 5).

Debbie Ouellet's How Robin Saved Spring is a tale of two sisters (Lady Winter & Sister Spring), each charged with managing their corresponding seasons. Lady Winter doesn't want winter to end, and conspires to keep her sister asleep so she can continue her reign. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, brown-breasted Robin calls upon various woodland creatures to try and wake Sister Spring from her slumber. All attempts fail, although they do provide wonderful bits of story for the creatures. For instance, in her attempt to wake Sister Spring, Ladybug hides among some coals near the fire. When it becomes too hot for her, little black dots are burned into her red back! This part of the story brought a smile to my daughters' faces each time we encountered a new "feature" of one of the woodland creatures.

When all the other creatures have failed to wake Sister Spring, Robin takes matters into his own hands (or wings?). He convinces Mother Sun to give him just a bit of morning light to wake Sister Spring. Mother Sun tells him that morning light is precious and asks what he is willing to trade for it; he decides to trade his beautiful voice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Weerequiredreading.wordpress.com on June 30, 2009
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You've got to bring your game if you're collaborating with Italian illustrator Nicoletta Ceccoli. Her images are so lush and luminous, you feel you could fall into the pages if you leaned just a little too forward. "How Robin Saved Spring" tells a mesmerizing story: Lady Winter plots to keep her sister, Spring, asleep so the seasons won't change and the world will stay cold and white forever. Led by Robin (yes, the bird, not Batman's sidekick), the animals of the forest - and a sensitive maple tree - attempt to wake Sister Spring, but all must pay a price for their bravery. Quietly clever storytelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Saluto-Biggers on February 27, 2010
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This is a very sweet book with beautiful artwork & a unique, interesting story. I love reading this story to my daughter!!! A little pricey but worth it! Wish I could find more books like this one!! I would definitely recommend this book :)
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By TheJen on March 6, 2014
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When someone lists that it is a library edition, I assume that the book was originally published for libraries. NOT that it actually WAS from a library with library stickers and stamps all over it.
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By Carrie on January 2, 2014
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This is a wonderful tale that goes through how many animals gained their winter behaviors. It personalizes the seasons with Lady Winter and Sister Spring and we so enjoy reading the story every year!
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By Teacher on April 6, 2013
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Finally, a magical, mythical book for children! This book is a refreshing, cleverly written book about the change of seasons, with much, much more. As a teacher and mother, this book captivated all of my kids and they are constantly referencing it. What a great purchase!!!
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By Teacher on April 6, 2013
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I bought this book to use in my classroom as spring approaches. What a beautiful story, with wonderful illustrations! Not only to my 2nd graders love this book, but my 3 and 5 year old sons reference it a lot at home as well. A sweet story depicting how winter turns into spring, and how animals have gotten certain characteristics. I highly recommend this book!
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