Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It's Spring!
Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It's Spring!
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Annotation: Invites the reader to join a bear and other woodland animals on a cold, moonlit walk to investigate strange noises and observe the arrival of spring.
Catalog Number: #98975
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Shelley, John,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8234-2952-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-86288-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8234-2952-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-86288-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013012235
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
It's anything but quiet this winter's night. A child wakens to an assortment of sounds runch, scrunch" d, upon getting up to explore, finds a bear outside the door. "Come with me," he says, and with that, they, and the reader, go on a dreamy moonlit ramble. Buds on the trees, the breeze, the bear all say, "It is time." Especially charming pen-and-ink with watercolor illustrations contrast the cool colors of winter ue, gray, white th warm tones own, sepia, red at increase as bear and child walk. Rabbit comes out of his burrow to join them, as do other woodland creatures. The easy rhythm, the onomatopoeia, and the repeated refrain, "It is time," build anticipation until the group finds a gigantic egg! "Crinkle, crackle, CRACK!" Spring erupts as if hatching fully formed in a colorful array of flowers, grass, butterflies, birds, and animals. Great for reading aloud and just right for springtime story hours, this is a fanciful version of how dramatic the change of season can sometimes seem.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2&12; Wakened by strange sounds on a late winter night, a child ventures to the door and sees a bear standing in the yard. The shaggy animal issues an invitation to follow saying, "It is time." As they venture into the woods, they listen to the sounds around them and the bear insists that the time is right, but for what? Breezes and buds echo the refrain as do a rabbit, squirrel, and beaver that join the snowy walk. Their destination? A huge nest topped by a gigantic egg that bursts open with a tremendous "crack" and releases a shower of birds, flowers, and butterflies to usher in spring. The twisted branches and gnarled roots of Shelley's trees recall the illustrations for Halloween Forest (Holiday House, 2012), a previous author/artist pairing. But these India ink and watercolor illustrations, including the fuzzy woodland animals, are inviting, not scary. Bauer's text flirts with rhyme and repetition that could have created read-aloud engagement but settles for prose that yields no surprises. VERDICT An adequate but not essential purchase for collections whose readers need a glimpse of spring as winter drags on.&12; Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato
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ALA Booklist (4/1/15)
School Library Journal (3/1/15)
Word Count: 385
Reading Level: 2.2
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 173853 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD500L

Rap, bap, tap. Late one winter night, a child awakes to peculiar noises in the backyard- a bear! They journey together through the snowy forest as other animals eagerly join in, creating a parade to welcome the spring.

This is a perfect seasonal read aloud to bridge Winter and Spring. In this mysterious picture book, sounds build anticipation as the ground thaws, and the icy pond breaks. Trees begin to bud and more animals join the fray, until… CRACK! Spring bursts from a gigantic egg full of gorgeous flowers and birds.

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