A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lessons about the seasons and the changes that characterize them. Also, animals and the seasons: bears hibernate, robins fly south for the winter, squirrels hoard acorns. Introduction to animal dens.
The seasons are magical, with lots to take pleasure in.
Positive Role Models
Maurice is curious about spring and sets off to find it. His mom is a source of comfort and protection.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Finding Spring is an artful, happy read about a bear named Maurice whose mom leads him to their cozy den to hibernate, but the little bear cub wanders out in search of spring and encounters snow as well as forest creatures preparing for winter. He returns, and when he and his mama awake and emerge, the spring has gloriously sprung. Author/illustrator Carin Berger's The Little Yellow Leaf was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2008; Finding Spring is a charming, classic story to read and reread, perfect for a home library.
Is It Any Good?
This book is a keeper; the cut-paper-and-fabric collage art is layered, and the phantom words printed across the papers imply layers of meaning, with other stories whispered in the hushed woods. Berger's woods are magisterial; the pages of individual snowflakes and flowers pinned to the page feel magical, Maurice and the other animal characters charming.
The text is equally artful. The story, in which Maurice embarks on a journey and asks for help from a series of animals, has a classic structure and feel. And Berger's writing is fresh and striking: "The woods smelled musky and there was something new and tangy in the air." (That would be snow!) Kids can feel in-the-know when Maurice mistakes his first snowflake for spring and bundles up a snowball to save in the warm den.
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