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Spring is Here (Bear and Mole Story) Paperback – January 2, 2012
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When Mole wakes up, he smells spring in the air. He tiptoes past Bear�s bedroom and steps outdoors. Excited to feel the mud squishing beneath his feet, Mole decides to wake up Bear. He taps on his window, knocks on his door, and even tickles his nose with a feather, but Bear sleeps on. Determined to waken his hibernating pal, Mole gathers eggs, milks the cow, cooks an enormous breakfast, and carries it to him in bed. Bear wakes up and happily announces, �Spring is here,� but Mole has fallen asleep. With plenty of repeated �sound� words, such as �Sniff. Sniff. Sniff,� �Squish. Squish. Squish,� and �Tap. Tap. Tap,� the story is fun to read aloud and lends itself to audience participation. Nicely varied in composition, the mixed-media illustrations, which include many double-page spreads, show up particularly well from a distance. A good read-aloud choice for preschool units on hibernation. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mole is absolutely thrilled that spring has finally arrived. As the mud squishes up between his bare toes, he realizes that he needs to give Bear a wake-up call so they can share spring together. But that is easier said than done. Clues hidden in the illustrations will help children guess how Mole is going to wake up his friend. The stick rapping on the window doesn’t work. Neither does a knock on his door. Mole ups the ante with a feather to Bear’s nose and finally some toots on his trumpet. Nothing works. After some thought, Mole dashes outside. His chores keep him busy for quite some time as he prepares a feast for Bear the old-fashioned way, even milking the cow and churning the butter himself. So, it is no surprise that he is rather droopy-eyed when he finally delivers Bear’s tray. Nor is the fact that while Bear is wide-eyed and thrilled to welcome spring, Mole has fallen fast asleep. Hillenbrand has crafted in Mole a character sure to tug at readers’ hearts. His diligence, excitement and desire to share the wonders of spring are a breath of fresh air. The mixed-media illustrations capture both the harbingers of early springtime and Mole’s enthusiasm, while Bear’s droll expressions are charming. A sweet, simple tale of the lengths we all go to in the name of friendship…and spring. (Picture book. 3-6)
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