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Abracadabra, It's Spring! (Seasonal Magic) Hardcover – Picture Book, February 16, 2016
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“Stunning spreads utilize razzle-dazzle phrases and gatefold pages to depict the amazing natural changes that seem to come about like magic…Enchantingly rendered flora and fauna flourish as the season progresses...” (School Library Journal)
- Publisher : Abrams Appleseed; Illustrated edition (February 16, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 24 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1419718916
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419718915
- Reading age : 3 - 5 years
- Grade level : Preschool - Kindergarten
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.55 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #334,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like the Autumn equivalent, this book takes the concept of changes in nature that signal to us the changing of winter to spring and the return of vibrancy to the world.
Concepts explored are disappearance of snow, emergence and blooming of spring bulbs, the fluffy blooming of pussy willow, unfurling of buds into leaves, the return of the birds, building of nests, hatching of birds eggs, metamorphosis of caterpillars to butterflies, Lacey confetti like blossom on fruit and ornamental trees and the casting aside of winter boots for bare feet and flip flops.
Each concept is illustrated across a double gatefold page with change and continuity. The 'Winter/early spring' state such as colder barren or just budding nature on the left hand page, the seasonal change within the gatefold, but also considers what remains the same ie the same trees just with new leaves and blossom, the same eggs just now hatched into baby birds, the same bushes where cocoons were hiding just now riotous with leaves and flowers, the same world just warmer and vibrant with life.
Each gatefold reveal is preceded by a text explaining the wintry state before and a 'magic phrase, from hocus pocus to bibbity boo and I between a mix of Arabic and Latin fictional magic phrases alongside nonsense and onamatopoiec pairings before seeing the change, this interactive element adds a touch of whimsy and magic about the seasonal changes and is such fun with a young child to say and a slightly older child to predict what might change, so the magic words then reveal the gatefold opening to a short phrase explaining what has changed.
The art is a gorgeous smudgy pencils, watercolour and pastels with slight abstraction, children are wide faced and simply featured yet incredible immersive textural detail is added to the natural parts of the scene from the rainbow peeking through the newly leaved tree to the riotous pink and white confetti storm of pink blossom on the changing trees. It's very immersive and with a fresh zingy palette leaning on vibrant greens, yellows, turquoise, pinks and purples exploring seasonally appropriate natural colours.
Overall this is a fantastic book for children to comprehend seasonal change and continuity and is fun and interactive to boot, plus unlike the Autumn edition, there are no heavily American experiences coupled with a diverse depiction of children's ethnicities on the final page making this universal to any climate that experiences cold winters into warmer springs.