Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WHEN SPRING COMES by Kevin Henkes / Book Review #WhenSpringComes

Written By: Kevin Henkes
Illustrated By: Laura Dronzek
Published By: HarperCollins Publishers
Released On: Feb 6, 2018
Ages: All Ages
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Rating: 5 Owlets-We loved it!
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

From Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes and the acclaimed painter Laura Dronzek, the bestselling and award-winning creators of Birds and In the Middle of Fall, this sturdy board book edition of When Spring Comes is perfect for the very youngest readers. Watch the world transform when spring comes! In a starred review, School Library Journal called this delightful picture book, “A must-have, joyful seasonal title for the youngest listeners.”

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.”

Before Spring comes, the trees looks like sticks, the snow mounds get smaller, the grass is brown and the garden is just dirt. Once you wait for spring, the seeds start to grow, things turn green, flowers show up and there is rain. When Spring Comes is a wonderful contrasting book of life before spring and life during spring. The beautiful illustrations are full of life and color that reflect life the wonderful springtime descriptions.

We loved the pictures and sounds and phrases found in this book. The descriptions and the way the story flows is great for little readers. You will feel spring, smell it and hear it when you read this book. Now that it is available in board book format, it is perfect for all ages.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~