My Spring Robin
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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by her husband, Harlow Rockwell, and daughter Lizzy Rockwell, was originally published in 1987. This 2015 edition has a new cover and spruced-up interior art, which enhance the timeless tale of a little girl looking for the return of a robin now that spring has arrived. Its gentle pencil-and-watercolor illustrations and simple text show a kid's wonder at the natural, seasonal life cycle and identifies several spring plants, flowers, and flowering shrubs and trees.
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What's the Story?
A little girl misses a robin's song she enjoyed in summer before the bird flew away in the fall. Her father assured her it would return in spring, so when March 21 arrives, she goes looking for MY SPRING ROBIN. As she scours her yard, she comes across many signs of spring: a bee in a crocus, a forsythia bush, a blooming magnolia tree, fuzzy fiddlehead ferns sprouting, a clump of daffodils, bunches of purple violets, and a shiny earthworm. Then finally hears "that song" -- "Cheer-up, cheerilee!" -- and declares, "I knew who was singing that song! It was my spring robin!"
Is It Any Good?
My Spring Robin is a perfect choice for preschoolers and early readers who love nature and growing things. It’s also a great pick for those who could use a little nudge to get out and observe the wonders of nature and the seasonal life cycle in their own yards and neighborhoods. The cute little girl's enthusiasm is contagious, and kids will learn the names of many spring flowers, plants, and trees.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about signs of spring. What are the first signs of spring where you live?
Which flowers and birds come in springtime in your yard and neighborhood?
Take a walk, notice all the flowers you pass, and name all the ones you can.
- Author: Anne Rockwell
- Illustrators: Harlow Rockwell, Lizzy Rockwell
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Bugs, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Aladdin
- Publication date: February 28, 1989
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 24
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: March 4, 2020
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