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Spring Is Here [Kindle Edition]

Taro Gomi
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A winsome calf provides the backdrop—literally—for this charming story. With each turn of the page, the young animal is imaginatively transformed to reflect some activity of the four seasons: snow melting, seedlings springing up, harvest, all the way to the snow melting again and revealing that—the calf has grown. The story line follows the cycle of the seasons from one spring to the next, and its spare, fluid text—wedded to the vigorous graphics—vividly conveys the underlying themes of renewal and growth. The colors are joyful and fresh, and the artist's playful approach to perspective makes this a lovely picture book. Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.

Editorial Reviews Review

"Spring is here. / The snow melts. / The earth is fresh. / The grass sprouts." Taro Gomi's picture book about the change of seasons couldn't be simpler. The first spread shows a white calf against a hot-pink background. "Spring is here," it says. In the next spread "the snow melts." And indeed, the once snow-white calf is now spotted black and white! Gomi walks toddlers through harvest, more snowfall, and comes full-circle back to spring, only this time "the calf has grown." Publishers Weekly calls Spring Is Here "the perfect picture book," and now, in its latest ultra-sturdy board-book incarnation, it may last a few more seasons! (Baby to preschool) --Karin Snelson

From Publishers Weekly

"A perfect picture book," said PW about this seasonal paean graced with a simple text and cheery artwork. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 25126 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC; illustrated edition edition (September 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009F3G9JY
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Board book
This has been our baby's favorite book since she was eight months old (she's now eleven months). We had tried lots of other picture books, but she would turn away from them after only a few pages at story time. But, this one really "clicked" with her. I was heartened to see how the pages held her interest. The images are simple, elegant and happy. Like the seasons, which is the story's theme, the pictures transition from one to another magically. It is like watching a slow motion animation. This helps immensely the development of a baby's cognitive ability. We add special effects to the reading, such as blowing wind when reading "the wind blows". It helps our baby to understand the story even better. As a parent, I consider "Spring is Here" one of the best books around for babies. As a designer/artist, I consider it a work of art.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 1-Year Old Loves It! August 10, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Board book
My 1-year old son LOVES this book. It's been one of his favorites since he first saw it. He wants to read it over and over, which helps to pass the time on car trips. He always laughs when the cow re-appears toward the end. Not many books hold his interest as much or get him as excited as this one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple eloquence December 5, 2005
By M. R.
Format:Board book
I bought this book just for it's large print and short sentences. (ez reader). despite these two 'requisites', this is not just a baby book!

If you want to introduce your child to the 'flow' of eloquent vocabulary, this book should do it!

It is NOT a dumbed-down baby book. It is much more fun for me, as a parent, to read than any other baby book that I have met so far!

I can see why the baby's (in other reviews) prefer it!!

My six year old (learning to read) loves it, too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Lovely, Zen May 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Board book
This is my son's (3 mos.) favorite. The pictures are simple and contrasted. Some have only the smallest detail and he will stare right at it. The cycle of life message and simplicity of life are perfect for parent and child alike. We have an extensive collection of boards and this is among the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baby's favorite book March 3, 2014
Format:Board book
I started reading this book to my infant daughter, starting at age 4 months. The shapes and colors are simple and bright enough to catch a young baby's attention, but are interesting enough to not bore the adult. She wasn't thrilled but she tolerated it more than other books. We kept on reading, and between 6-8 months, she became really enthusiastic about this book in particular. The illustrations are simple but engaging and she loves the visual "puzzle" they contain as the calf moves through the seasons. The short declarative sentences hold her attention (she's doesn't yet enjoy longer, more complicated narratives). She will now crawl to her book shelf and dig through her books until she finds this one, and is giddy when we read it over and over. I would highly recommend this book and any of the Global Fund for Children board books (Global Babies, American Babies, Global Baby Girls) as perfect first books for young babies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book April 13, 2010
Every so often I come across a children's book that makes an exceptional impression. This is one. The words are few, spare and beautiful, presented both in English and Spanish. Each page has only 3-5 words and is accompanied by a full page illustration. But each page shows a development in the arrival of spring, then the cycle through the seasons, until spring returns again. A mesmerizing, beautiful book that can be read again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, beautfiul book August 28, 2009
By Ahhling
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book, like all others by Gomi, has gorgeous illustrations. The words are very simple- just pages showing the changing of the seasons and the animals within those changing environments. They are really eye catching. I would say that my 15 mos old daughter is not in love with this book since she is younger but she does eye it and I think she will really love it when she' just a bit older.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, beautiful baby book November 24, 2014
Format:Board book
This is the first book my 1 year old son ever reached for on his own and ever seemed really interested in. Now we look at it every night! He loves the colorful pictures and seems really fascinated by the goings on. Personally, I find the artistic style of the illustrations totally charming and story (such as it is) very sweet and elegant. I love sharing this book with my baby.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars but somewhat boring coming from the teacher in me
Cute book, but somewhat boring coming from the teacher in me!
Published 2 months ago by Natalie Girkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Spanish or English Reader
Nice little bilingual book with simple language to help emergent readers or for teaching Spanish to non-Spanish speaking elementary students. Book arrived quickly.
Published 3 months ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative
My 16-month old daughter likes this book and I like reading it to her. The book has interesting parts that come out on later readings- we both enjoy it.
Published 12 months ago by S. Chandran
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the pictures !!!
I love the pictures in this book and how they go along with the story. It's fun to watch the calf turn into a cow through the book.
Published 23 months ago by NV Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for youngsters
Books by this author are always creative and simple enough for young children to enjoy. I have it on my Kindle and they can "read" it there.
Published 23 months ago by JF36
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick enjoyable
I love this story for my baby girl, the pictures are simple an very cute! I would read to younger children my five year was not interested at all.
Published on April 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars a little bit of nothing!
I'm glad I paid only 99c for this "book", which is puzzling with its lack of text and story line. The "book" is very short. Read more
Published on April 12, 2013 by Susan Garboden
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for my 3 year old
She enjoyed the book, but I didn't really get the calf growing like the other reviewers did. Maybe says more about me than the book.
Published on April 4, 2013 by M. Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Peaceful
This book is peaceful to read, and our daughter seems mesmerized by the pictures. However, I find it slightly boring, so I don't reach for it as often as other books when reading... Read more
Published on November 28, 2012 by K. Keeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Spring is here
It's a charming book and has very much caught my gran daughters attention since she was just a few months old..
Published on February 29, 2012 by Gma
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