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How Robin Saved Spring Hardcover – March 31, 2009

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Lady Winter (“A perfect world would be cold and white every day of the year”) knits a magical white blanket to ensure that Sister Spring will never awaken from her seasonal slumber. A troubled Robin calls on his woodland friends to help wake Sister Spring, but Bear, Caterpillar, Maple Tree, Ladybug, and Skunk all fail. Robin finally flies to Mother Sun for some morning light, which awakens Sister Spring, but the closeness to Mother Sun turns Robin’s “plain brown belly into a bright orange-red.” Ceccoli’s romanticized acrylic paintings are not as edgily effective as those in The Girl in the Castle inside the Museum (2008), and the visual characterizations don’t enforce the potential robustness of the story. Still, this attractive book will attract adult readers who might want to include it in seasonal story hours. This original how-and-why story has the repetitive structure of a folktale, although Ouellet’s tale is not based in traditional lore. Preschool-Grade 2. --Janice Del Negro

About the Author

DEBBIE OUELLET has had her work published in children’s magazines and journals. This is her first book for young readers. She lives in Loretto, Ontario, Canada.

NICOLETTA CECCOLI is the award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum. She was awarded the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators and won the Andersen Prize, honoring her as the best children’s book illustrator in Italy. She lives in San Marino, Italy.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805069704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805069709
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Whitney on April 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Winter lasts a long time here in Alaska. While friends are emailing that daffodils and tulips are in bloom in the Lower 48, I am still shoveling snow from my driveway. When people are thinking of putting in annuals in their flower pots, we still see our breath in the morning. Perhaps that is why a book about SPRING is so appealing and this one did not disappoint! The moment I saw this book at the store, my attention was captured by the beautiful cover! I couldn't wait to get this home to my daughters (ages 8 and 5).

Debbie Ouellet's How Robin Saved Spring is a tale of two sisters (Lady Winter & Sister Spring), each charged with managing their corresponding seasons. Lady Winter doesn't want winter to end, and conspires to keep her sister asleep so she can continue her reign. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, brown-breasted Robin calls upon various woodland creatures to try and wake Sister Spring from her slumber. All attempts fail, although they do provide wonderful bits of story for the creatures. For instance, in her attempt to wake Sister Spring, Ladybug hides among some coals near the fire. When it becomes too hot for her, little black dots are burned into her red back! This part of the story brought a smile to my daughters' faces each time we encountered a new "feature" of one of the woodland creatures.

When all the other creatures have failed to wake Sister Spring, Robin takes matters into his own hands (or wings?). He convinces Mother Sun to give him just a bit of morning light to wake Sister Spring. Mother Sun tells him that morning light is precious and asks what he is willing to trade for it; he decides to trade his beautiful voice.
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You've got to bring your game if you're collaborating with Italian illustrator Nicoletta Ceccoli. Her images are so lush and luminous, you feel you could fall into the pages if you leaned just a little too forward. "How Robin Saved Spring" tells a mesmerizing story: Lady Winter plots to keep her sister, Spring, asleep so the seasons won't change and the world will stay cold and white forever. Led by Robin (yes, the bird, not Batman's sidekick), the animals of the forest - and a sensitive maple tree - attempt to wake Sister Spring, but all must pay a price for their bravery. Quietly clever storytelling.
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I teach a children's yoga class that incorporates stories with yoga. This book was purchased as an addition to my library of choices. The children request this book every single spring. They haven't tired of it in 3 years. :) It's a great story about the seasons and the different ways that the seasons affect the animals and earth. We love reading this and then acting it out with yoga while discussing the changing season.
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I have recently bought several 5 star best sellers and all books were a huge disappointment.
This book is not like that (even though its not any kind of best seller).
What I like the most is that FINALLY a book with a NICE STORY, mysterious and magical, like children's stories should be. Illustrations are amazing too, to say the least. Overall, very happy with this purchase.
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It is time for Lady Winter to wake Sister Spring, so she can bring everything back to life. But Lady Winter loves snow and cold, and refuses to wake her. Robin and the other animals take turns trying to get into the house to wake Sister Spring. With a touch of details similar to those in creation stories (like explaining how ladybug got her spots, and how robin got a red breast) and beautiful acrylic-painted illustrations (pastel colors for Winter scenes, bright for Spring), this book is destined to become a classic. An excellent addition to booklists about the seasons.
Very highly Recommended
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By Karen on February 28, 2013
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Thanks for a quick shipment of a beautiful novel and children's book. I love the illustrator/artist and reading it I found I love the author too. Congrats and hope everyone will think about getting a copy too.
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Finally, a magical, mythical book for children! This book is a refreshing, cleverly written book about the change of seasons, with much, much more. As a teacher and mother, this book captivated all of my kids and they are constantly referencing it. What a great purchase!!!
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It has always been inevitable. The seasons change: summer into autumn, autumn into winter, winter into...

Winter into more winter, if Lady Winter has anything to do with it. She does not want Sister Spring to awaken because it would mean her beautiful white snow and ice crystals would melt and the silence that a fresh snow brings would be halted for months. No, better to leave things as they are now, to Lady Winter's liking. And to do that, she must make sure that Sister Spring continues to slumber.

How Robin Saved Spring is about the changing of the seasons and how Lady Winter wants to stop the change. Lady Winter is close to getting her way but the animals start to understand what is happening and they try to wake and warn Sister Spring. The biggest and smallest creatures do not succeed but maybe Robin will be the one to make a difference.

It is full of whimsical illustrations. Beautiful illustrations.

How Robin Saved Spring is a very cute book about saving spring and how various animals and insects came to hibernate and/or bed down for the winter.

Recommended for older children because it is wordier than other picture books. I would say five to ten years of age.

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