Books by Theme
Spring is in the air! Animals awaken. Baseball beckons. March winds begin to blow. Get ready for the new season by taking a look at some of its signs — in books!
As Maurice's mother begins to hibernate, the bear cub impatiently goes out to find spring. Other animals — and readers — will recognize Maurice's mistaken token of spring and enjoy the lush collage illustrations of the season when it finally arrives.
Hooray for Hoppy
Hoppy, a small gray rabbit, uses his five senses to find out if spring has arrived yet. When it does, he calls his rabbit friends to share it with him. A recap of the five senses and what they do (and how Hoppy used them) finishes this lively look at a new and colorful season.
How Things Grow
A word on one side is illustrated on the opposing page of each spread. Lift the sturdy flap, and the egg becomes a chick, the acorn becomes an oak tree, etc. Even a very familiar caterpillar becomes a handsome butterfly in this thoughtfully presented glimpse of spring things.
Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Baseball
Sophisticated baseball aficionados will appreciate the highs (and lows) of the game over decades, organized by its three seasons: spring, summer, fall. The author's work as a sports writer is evident in his chatty, approachable style.
Tom rides his bicycle, passing busses, cars, and even an elephant. He then dons his costume and make-up for his job as a unicycle-riding circus clown. Broad forms and bright colors introduce Tom's mode of transportation including the names of all the parts of a unicycle.
When the Wind Blows
A grandmother and her grandson enjoy flying a kite on a windy spring day near their seaside home. Lush, textured illustrations show the landscape and animal inhabitants and the way wind plays with hats. Staccato rhymes chronicle the joy-filled day that ends with a shower.
When the Wind Blows
Many things happen when the wind blows. Dune grass bends, waves spray, and "Copper whirls 'round/Between two magnets/High aboveground" to generate electricity that is used to power our nation. Lyrical text and realistic illustrations provide a creative introduction to wind power.
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