My Spring Robin

Book review by
Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Girl looks for returning bird in cute, informative tale.

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Educational Value

Shows the seasonal life cycle and identifies many spring flowers, plants, and trees. There also are a few critters for readers to spot: a bee, a toad, a cat, an earthworm, and, of course, a robin. The little girl's dad shows her the first day of spring on a calendar.

Positive Messages

Be patient -- spring will roll around again, and the songbirds you hear in summer will return in the spring. Observe the natural world and you'll see the return of plants that pop up and bloom in the new season. Seeing plants and flowers grow and hearing birds sing is fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The little girl is patient, curious, and observant and appreciates the wonders of nature -- especially a bird's song. Her parents are shown digging and planting in the yard, looking over to lovingly observe their child, creating a mood of care and safety. Her dad is reassuring when he tells her the robin will come back in spring; he follows up by letting her know it's officially spring by looking at the calendar.

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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.

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