Spring for Sophie – Yael Werber, illustrated by Jen Hill

610cdceypjl    Spring for Sophie – Yael Werber, illustrated by Jen Hill, A Paula Wiseman Book, (9781481451345), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A little girl named Sophie uses her five senses to discover when spring will arrive.  First, her mother tells her she must listen for the songs of birds.  Her father tells her she needs to feel the ground getting softer.  Sophie needs to look for the snow melting and smell the scent of earth and rain.  Finally a day arrives and Sophie runs outside.  Her father asks what she is doing as Sophie is shown in a yellow slicker, arms outstretched and mouth open wide to catch raindrops.  “‘Now I know spring is here!’” she called.  ‘Because this is what spring tastes like!’”  The wonderful gouache illustrations convey the sense of a long winter in tones of white, brown and grey with touches of deep red and forest green.  The opening title page depicts a snowy landscape while the final wordless illustration shows Sophie in a  bright yellow raincoat with pink rain boots against a landscape of muted greens and blues.   This is a  lovely debut picture book from a former preschool teacher.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a perfect addition to spring themed story times.  Share it with children who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring.  It would also be good to use for units exploring the five senses.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Book

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 3/5/17             

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