Happy Springtime!

Neal Porter/Holiday House/. Mar. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823445516.
PreS-Gr 2–The frosty blues of a bitter winter morning requiring stubborn snowsuits and chunky hats and mittens. Robins peck at forgotten icy berries in the snow. Dogs parade the streets in knitted sweaters and snug boots. For pandemic-weary readers or just those who have had enough winter, McMullan has a message: “Do not lose heart!” Frigid winter nights eventually shorten; days become longer; winter thaws into the comforts of spring. A diverse group of children frolic together in parks, birds build nests to welcome new babies, and sleepy seedlings stretch from their soil beds. Scarves and snow boots are swapped for umbrellas and rain boots needed for dancing in the rain and puddle jumping. Rim’s watercolor, pencil, crayon, and collage illustrations are lush and fluid like snow melting into the new growth taking its place. These blend beautifully with McMullan’s springtime celebration, warming the fingers, toes, and hearts of readers. This book pairs perfectly with the colorful scenes in Buffy Silverman’s On a Snow-Melting Day for story time or a preschool lesson.
VERDICT A warm and welcomed addition to collections about the changing of seasons.

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