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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers; 1 edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689842295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689842290
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Like Plourde (Snow Day, reviewed above) and Couch's two previous collaborations (Wild Child and Winter Waits), this lushly illustrated book heralds a change in the seasons, but also demonstrates the universal experience of sibling rivalry. When Mother Earth wakens her daughters, March, April and May, they all vie for their mother's attention each asking if they dressed the fastest. Mother Earth replies judiciously, "You are the fastest March I ever did see./ And the fastest April I ever did see./ And the fastest May I ever did see." Similarly, when each girl sings a spring song, Mother Earth shushes their bickering by telling them, "The truth / I love you ALL the best." The girls delight in their mother's politic answer as they wake up the world and shout for summer to come. Each of their songs reflects the characteristics of that month (March, for instance "howls and growls/ like a monsoon,/ then whiffs and puffs/ a quieter tune"). Couch fills his evocative acrylic-and-pencil illustrations with a haze of lavender shadows, infused with soft yellow sunlight and spring green. In one particularly exquisite painting, Mother Earth takes the form of a graceful tree wearing pink blossoms in her hair, reaching out her branch-like fingers to awaken the sleeping children. Ages 4-8.

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From School Library Journal

reSchool-Grade 1--"Spring's Sprung! A new day's begun." As with Wild Child (1999) and Winter Waits (2001, both S & S), Plourde and Couch evoke a whimsical impression of the season. Using washes of liquid acrylic paint with details done in colored pencils, the illustrations glow with an ethereal light that beautifully matches the mood of the text. In this story, Mother Earth rouses her daughters, March, April, and May, so they can awaken the world and welcome the season. However, "The sisters squabble like siblings do. `Mother loves me more than she loves you.'" Each wants to be favorite, to be the fastest, to sing the best. Thankfully, their parent is gentle and wise. "A mother's heart is big enough to grow and grow, and stretch and stretch. The truth-I love you ALL the best." After the playful months wake the world with their song, the book ends with a hint of what is to come: "-time to wake one more girl. So, March, April, and May simply say, `Summer, oh, Summer, come out and play.'" Although the rhyming text is occasionally forced, the concept is laudable, and readers who have enjoyed the previous titles will want to check out this one as well.
Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Lynn Plourde is the author of numerous kids' books. Most are funny, but some will make you cry. She's a word-player: highfalutin fidgeting, fiddling, fuddling, and foopling. She even makes up words: shmuffle, rizzle, and puckery-smuckery. She's written about those who inspire: a biography of Margaret Chase Smith and a graphic novel about Donn Fendler and his miraculous survival saga. She's a teaching author who has done hundreds of visits to schools where she shares her books interactively, acts some out as plays, and teaches writing mini-lessons (i.e. copycat stories, problem stories, character stories, fables, graphic novel scenes). Having worked more than two decades as a speech-language therapist, Lynn utilizes the knowledge of sounds and instructional skills she gained from that earlier profession in her career as a kids' book author. Lynn is a native Mainer who frequently uses her home state as inspiration when writing about moose, muddy ruds, the four seasons, Mount Katahdin, and being "at one" with nature. She lives in Winthrop, Maine, with her husband. You can learn more about her at her website: www.lynnplourde.com

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This book was a fun read before bedtime.
D. Gill
One can feel the cool, breezy sunlit atmosphere that is fresh and lively and does one's heart good.
Terrie
The art is so amazing, the story so beautiful to read.
H. Hawkes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
After enjoying "Wild Child" and "Winter Waits", I was terribly disappointed with this story's negativity. In the two previous books, Ms. Plourde focused on the beauty of the seasons and the wonderful relationships between parent and child. In "Spring's Sprung", the whole story revolves around the very worst of sibling rivalry, with none of the joyful teasing that often accompanies such behavior. The only redeeming aspect of the book is the illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walter A. Watts on September 8, 2005
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Lynn tells the stories of the seasons so that young minds can understand the importance of each season in the yearly cycle of the earth. She uses catchy words that make you want to reread the book with your child. Nothing but pure joy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JDV on April 30, 2005
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Three beautiful sisters compete for Mother Earth's love and learn along the way that each is unique and that Mother has more than enough love for each of them. The watercolour illustrations are captivating and exquisite making the book enjoyable for both adult and child (even after the 100th read). A must have for every child's library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on March 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I like this book a lot. Illustrator Greg Couch outdoes himself with these wonderful double page spreads filled with purples, blues, pinks and greens of Springtime. One can feel the cool, breezy sunlit atmosphere that is fresh and lively and does one's heart good. The story examines the intense sibling rivalry of the three Spring sisters, March, April and May, the daughters of Mother Earth. Each girl wants to be the first, the best, the most beloved, and let's face it, they just woke up, so they're really in rare form with their crabbiness! Mother Earth chides them but gives equal loving approval for their accomplishments and unique qualities. In the end the girls rise to the joyous vibrations of Spring and the world is a brighter, happier place as, confident in their mother's love, they drop their rivalry. The illustrations are truly fabulous and the story while at first exhibiting a not-so-pretty side of human nature ends up affirming family love and celebrating cooperation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meredith Anderson on June 13, 2007
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We have 2 girls, ages 1 and 3. Rivalry and competition between the two is a constant issue. If you are holding one the other wants to be picked up, if one of them has a toy, the other wants it..... etc.

Pretty standard stuff. The message of this book is great. Love is boundless. It is nice to see it presented here so nicely. The pictures are really dream-like. The story is very nice.

Another reviewer gave this book a bad review and I don't quite comprehend the logic.

"Spring's Sprung brought more focus to querrling than to beauty of the book or of the cycles of the season. Advocating harmonious sibling relationships in my own household, I feel that bringing the message of sibling rivalry as normal and inevitable (part of the childhood "season"?)to be against my values."

Sibling rivalry is a normal part of the human condition and the fact that it is against somebody's values is irrelevant. I have never known any siblings without rivalry frankly! This book will certainly not bring rivalry into your household, but it sure presents a positive message do help deal with the negative aspects of competativeness.
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By Lonna Holt on March 10, 2013
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This is probably my least favorite out of Lynn Plourde's series. But I love having the entire set available to my class and the artwork is, of course, exceptional.
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