Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Poetry, Animals, Nature, Spring
What did you like about the book? Continuing their partnership, poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder have produced a fourth lovely illustrated poem. Baby animals greet the spring with traditional springtime cuteness (baby robins, hatching swans, twin lambs). Count on photographer Lieder, though, to include some unconventional nature photos revealing, for instance, how lovely the eggs of a garden slug can look in the springtime sun or capturing the silhouette of a praying mantis viewed through a rosy flower petal. Two pages of thumbnail photos at the end tell each animal’s name and what it is doing, “Newly hatched cellar spiders walk near their father on a blade of grass.”
Anything you didn’t like about it? The rhymes occasionally feel forced, “Whose baby hides in the forest? / Which twins are born on a farm? / Who breaks out of an eggshell / and snuggles, close and warm?”
To whom would you recommend this book? The large colorful images make this a great read aloud candidate for springtime with toddlers up to first grade.
Who should buy this book? Day care centers, elementary school libraries and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with poetry in 811.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 3/17/17