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Spring Song Hardcover – March 1, 2001

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As in their previous collaboration, Winter Lullaby, Seuling and Newbold present a series of questions with rhymed answers, this time about spring and the renewed activity of various creatures, including humans. "When the sun warms/ the hard ground and makes it soft,/ what do moles do?/ "Dig a new row/ of tunnels below." Cocoons burst open "and release their prize," and bunnies "hop all over/ in the clover." For each question, Newbold conjures a different, expansive landscape; for each answer, he supplies a slightly anthropomorphized close-up of the featured animal. With their stately but unmoving panoramas seemingly etched in black-ink shadows, these acrylic paintings look almost like woodcuts. Each blade of yellow grass, each lush woodland flower or rush of waterfall, seems engraved precisely into the landscape's design. The writing, however, is sometimes clumsy (the black bear "wakes up to greet/ a swimming treat"; in other words, it sees a fish), and the questions are not to be mistaken for riddles. Asked "When tall reeds grow/ across the marshy wetlands,/ what do bullfrogs do?," for example, few children would guess, "Croak the night long,/ their mating song." Despite the occasional awkwardness, this handsome book offers readers a joyful introduction to the creatures of woodland, forest, mountain range, meadow and marshland. Most will accept Seuling's invitation to "come out to cheer,/ for spring is here!" Ages 2-5.

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PreS-Gr 1-Seuling poses seven questions, each on a double-page spread, asking readers to predict how black bears, moles, skunks, bullfrogs, eagles, rabbits, and people will react to the seasonal changes. A two-page spread reveals the rhyming answer when the page is turned. For example, "When tall reeds grow/across the marshy wetlands,/what do bullfrogs do?" While it is doubtful that children will respond, "Croak the night long/their mating song," they may well guess "croak." The final question asks, "When cocoons burst/open and release their prize,/what do people do?" and the picture shows three children chasing butterflies to the response, "Come out to cheer/for spring is here!" Newbold's acrylic paintings are full of expressive details. This interactive book will prompt lively discussion and conversation as a read-aloud or for one-on-one sharing.-Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Gulliver Books (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152023178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152023171
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By misskris on February 28, 2014
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I bought this book because I really love the pictures (and the work of this artist) that demonstrate the beauty of spring. Especially welcome after a long winter.
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This book is unbelievably gorgeous! I love it, and my 3-year-old enjoys it too.
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