Hello Spring! – written and photo-illustrated by Shelley Rotner

61p3odins4l    Hello Spring! – written and photo-illustrated by Shelley Rotner, Holiday House, 9780823437528, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Bright photographs take readers through the changes that come in spring with a diverse cast of children to accompany some of the action.  The beautiful pages burst with energy and educational tidbits for early readers to learn more about the season.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The accompanying text falls quite short in comparison to the images.  Some pages have a flow and rhythm while others are merely sentences that you could find in any easy/early reader.  This book cannot decide if it wants to be for beginning readers to try on their own or for families to read together.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended as a supplemental resource for spring curriculum in preschool and Kindergarten (or for families exploring the season).  The pictures demonstrate the many aspects of spring so it would be great to have on hand to discuss the changes that come after winter.

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Picture book collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.  I would more readily recommend “Lost In The Woods” by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick if you’re looking for a spring story with photographs.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of reviewFebruary 27, 2017

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