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In this appealing early reader, spring arrives via rhymed couplets and set within a pleasant valley. Featuring stanzas like “Welcome, sunshine, / warm our cheeks. / Melt the snow / and fill the creeks,” the text is spare but covers a lot of ground in not too many pages, as four children play outside—by a river, in a meadow, and at a farm. In keeping with the Step Into Reading series, this “Step 2” story includes basic vocabulary, short sentences, and a few fun new words, like hollyhock and pollywogs, that students will be able to sound out. Swearingen’s illustrations feature happy, active children and animals—even the dolls made from hollyhocks look bright-eyed in this accessible ode to spring. The book ends as night falls, with the world seemingly exhausted by the day of adventure and play: “Bullfrogs croak, / owls WHO-WHO. / That is all / this day can do.” Preschool-Grade 1. --Abby Nolan

About the Author

Anna Jane Hays is a former editorial director and child development specialist for The Children’s Television Workshop, the previous incarnation of Sesame Workshop. She has written and coedited numerous books for young children, including several Step into Reading Phonics Readers. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Hala Wittwer Swearingen’s lovely illustrations can be seen in Dragon Egg, Meow: Cat Stories from Around the World, Odysseus in the Serpent Maze, and Love & Kisses, Bunny.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Series: Step into Reading
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375858407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375858406
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer on July 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have a 4 yr old daughter and she likes the variety of the different animals. It also is helping her to understand about rhyming words.

Thanks for a great read :)
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He liked the pictures and rhyming words. It is a good book to read when teaching seasons to preschoolers. It is a short quick book to read, so I would say for kids under 6.
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By SH on November 3, 2012
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I am age five. I found the book medium difficult. I liked all the pictures. I liked the frogs on the lily pads.
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By djm on April 23, 2012
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this is a great book for a beginning reader or learing to read. bright illustrations to hold attendtion when read with a group of Kindergarteners.
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