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When Spring Comes

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Gorgeous, poetic chronicle of spring's slow blossoming.

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Spring is a teasing season, unfurling in fits and starts and testing our patience -- and that's part of its charm, as the talented husband-and-wife team of Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek point out. WHEN SPRING COMES showcases Henkes' poetic eye for detail along with Dronzek's vibrant, gorgeous acrylic paintings. Double-page spreads show a snowman melting away, kittens frolicking in spring grass, and children and animals savoring the warming weather. As always, Henkes writes with a kindly, good-humored voice. Daffodils bob like miniature suns on one page and on the next bend under the weight of a springtime snow: Spring, Henkes notes, "changes its mind a lot." Spring involves a lot of waiting, but the journey is to be savored -- much like this book. It's a perfect companion to the couple's Birds and Henkes' Waiting and My Garden.

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