Posted tagged ‘Spring’

Winter Arrives

November 29, 2018

I’ve found the perfect picture book for the season.

Winter

Winter Is Here is written by award-winning author/illustrator Kevin Henkes and illustrated by his talented wife Laura Dronzek. Each page turn of Henkes’ lyrical text walks readers through a gentle snowfall, using delightful words like “falling, sitting, dripping, sticking, reaching, crouching, and settling.” Laura Dronzek’s illustrations, done in soft colors, depict a gorgeous winter wonderland that makes the reader want to jump into each scene and join in the winter fun. The lighthearted tone of Henkes’ text at the beginning of the book changes to reveal the blustery part of Winter. Dronzek’s illustrations follow the mood of the text by creating white and gray scenes, deep blue night skies, and tree branches and chimney smoke bending and swirling in the howling wind. And then, when it seems Winter will stay forever, Henkes gives the reader hope as Winter slowly “shrinks away” and “slows down” to reveal Spring!

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy this feel-good book. The endpapers of the book show mittens at the beginning and flowers and butterflies at the end – a very clever way to demonstrate the passage of a season.

 

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Wide-Awake Bear

March 1, 2018

We’ve all been there at one time or another. It’s the time when you’re exhausted but your child is wide awake.

Wide-Awake Bear is Elliot’s story.

wide awake

Elliott, a little bear, and his mother prepare to nap until spring arrives. Elliot dreams of spring until something awakens him, and he can’t go back to sleep. He tries everything, but the shadows and dark shapes in the cave scare him. His mother wakes and comforts him, but he is still a Wide. Awake. Bear. He pretends he’s a little fish and swims to the den’s opening. When he sees snow, ice, and dark clouds, he’s disappointed spring isn’t anywhere to be found. Mama assures him spring will come and tells him many things need to sleep during the winter. With his mother’s help, they fix Elliot’s bed, share a treat, and snuggle until there is no more wide-awake bear. Author, Pat Zietlow Miller does a splendid job of creating a sweet tale about going to sleep. Parents and children will easily relate to this story when it comes to family bedtime. Jean Kim’s illustrations done in soft colors will steal your heart. This book begs to read again.

 

 

 

Spring Takes A Vacation

May 17, 2011

Spring is off on a junket to Las Vegas, gambling on “weather” it will come back or leave winter in its place. My odds are on winter. In the last two weeks, we’ve had rain, wind, sleet, cloud cover, frost, temperatures below normal, and only an occasional appearance of the sun.

Okay, there was one teaser day in among all the rest. It came suddenly out of the ugly, grey skies. Heat and humidity embraced the day, convincing us that spring was here at last, but within twenty-four hours the icy fingers of winter were holding us hostage again. The birds were skating on ice in the birdbath, and the buds on the trees and bushes were bundled up tight, refusing to reveal their splendor.  

There is only one sure sign that that spring is here – dandelions. They’re outside, dancing in the wind and having a grand old time. I refuse to let the cold get me down. I’m putting on my hat, scarf, mittens, and coat. With tools in hand, I’m going outside to hunt for spring and wipe the smile off those dandelion faces!

Books on Seasons:

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit:  A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2011), Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2010), All Around the Seasons by Barney Saltzberg (Candlewick, 2010), Seasons by Blexbolex (Enchanted Lion Books, 2010),   Sharing the Seasons:  A Book of Poems compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins (Margaret K. McElderry, 2010), Red Sings from Treetops:  A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009)


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