When Spring Comes
Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. Spring brings baby birds, sprouting seeds, rain and mud, and puddles. You can feel it and smell it and hear it—and you can read it!
In this beautiful board book edition for young children, Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes uses striking imagery, repetition, and alliteration to introduce basic concepts of language and the changing of the seasons. And acclaimed artist Laura Dronzek’s gorgeous, lush paintings show the transformation from quiet, cold winter to the newborn spring. In a starred review, The Horn Book said, “This joyful reflection is as welcome as spotting the first brave crocus.”
The illustrations are cute and colorful and the reading is east. The only thing I wish were different was that it flowed smoother, maybe with some rhymes or something. Overall, it's the perfect time of the year for this book.
Final Verdict: This is perfect for children who are curious about the changing of the seasons. This one focuses on the shift from winter to spring and it would be fun to point out the signs outside after reading this book.