- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD430L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books (January 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062250191
- ISBN-13: 978-0062250193
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Finding Spring Hardcover – January 27, 2015
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PreS-Gr 1—A small, inquisitive cub is anxiously awaiting his first spring. After his mother falls asleep for the winter, Maurice goes out to look for spring, asking other woodland animals for help along the way. Mistaking snowflakes for spring, a satisfied little bear scoops some up into a snowball and then returns to hibernate. When he wakes up, the snowball has melted, but Maurice finally learns what spring really is. Berger writes with simple, rhythmic clarity as well as with an unaffected innocence, making for a charming read-aloud. Young children will relate to Maurice's eagerness, as they share a similar enthusiasm to learn about the world around them. Berger's collages, which include several striking spreads, are a creative blend of paper cut-outs. With Berger's gentle storytelling and warm, joyful art, this is a winning entry into spring-themed picture books. Pair it with Julia Rawlinson's Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms (Greenwillow, 2009) for a charming story hour about springtime mix-ups.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY
“Multidimensional and magical . . . Exceptional, exhilarating artwork perfectly suited for a story about anticipation, discovery and joy.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“The balletic grace of Berger’s artwork provides exceptional visual drama throughout.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Breathtaking . . . The beauty Maurice found is there for all to see.” (Horn Book Magazine)
“With Berger’s gentle storytelling and warm, joyful art, this is a winning entry into spring-themed picture books.” (School Library Journal)
“Chock-full of visual cues and information, this is a charming exploration of seasonal changes.” (Booklist)
“Beautiful collage illustrations help tell the story of one little bear’s exuberant search for spring—even though he should be hibernating. . . . A sweet ending helps readers celebrate the changing of the seasons.” (Shelf Awareness)
“Berger’s storytelling is . . . streamlined to maximize the drama of Maurice’s first sightings of both winter and spring. Elegant illustrations . . . skillfully evoke the wonder of nature, and the craft will draw extended study from artistically minded youngsters.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
Praise for Forever Friends: “A lovely window onto the seasonal round.” (The Horn Book)
“Sophisticated, sensitive and accessible, this picture book will offer new insights and pleasures with each season.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Berger opens a forest animal story with a sense of innocence and natural curiosity. My reader found the words easy to learn and colorful paper collages to inspire him to ask many questions about the collages, such as do forest animals really wear clothes and why doesn’t the mama bear have clothes on? Do bears get to choose round holes or caves to sleep in? Why do tree leaves have words on them and the cave rocks have numbers? Do trees really have a shadow? Where do squirrels and rabbits really sleep? Above the ground or under the ground? How can I know spring is here? I told him the artist had used recycled paper to make the beautiful pictures, he laughed and said, oh that lady! We have read her other stories that have trash paper pictures. We then discussed other ways to use recycled paper other than make pictures. He thought a game board would be the most fun because he could invite his friends over and tell them about the story.
FINDING SPRING is a great resource for the home or school library of children between the ages of two through eight. I thought a game board was a great idea for the classroom to draw a map of where Maurice went, then place squares for the different forest animal homes and Decorate the Great Hill as the winner’s circle. Use dice and cut-in-half 3 x 5 cards with unexpected directions to move around the board. The first person to reach the Great Hill wins. Mapping and using problem-solving skills, social interaction, turn taking, and using imagination are great practice skills for the student. FINDING SPRING can encourage language arts and science by answering the questions mentioned. Math skills can be practiced by counting the same type of animals.
Thank you Carin Berger for another great child-inspiring picture book.
The cut-paper collages are lovely, but might be confusing for early readers. My 5 year old is still learning to read, and is in the midst of learning that letters stand for words that have meanings in books, but we found the extraneous letters in the book to be more a distraction than anything. My child was trying to figure out what the random letters meant, and what they were saying. The one on the first page with the numbers was particularly distracting to us for some reason! Seems to take away from the pictures as a whole. But, maybe that's an issue with just my kid.
Also, the final picture in the book is supposed to represent when spring finally comes, but the color tones absolutely reminded us more of fall. Lots of browns and tans. Not quite the bright and cheery, flowery colors of spring.
In my opinion, the artwork seemed to take away from the story rather than add to it as is the case in some of the more well-done children's books.
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