It’s Spring Time! by Elizabeth Bennett

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Celebrate Spring all year round with this rhyming padded board book from Elizabeth Bennett. It’s Spring Time, but what does that mean? For this bunny family it means growing from seeds, birds in nests, cleaning up, playing outside, watching rainstorms, and skipping and singing.

Bennett and illustrator Gladys Baccala collaborate again to bring us another seasonal tale. They previously worked together on It’s Holiday TimeWhen you have a good match, it’s great to see what a team can come up with. This is another sweet book with an animal family that has been brought to life by Bennett’s musical words and complemented by Baccala’s soft, warm illustrations. Just as in their holiday book, spritzes of glitter add a special touch to many of the pages. The perfect size for little hands, your preschooler will enjoy this journey through spring.

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Hardcover: 16 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales; Padded Board Book edition (March 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589256395
ISBN-13: 978-1589256392

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Why Do We Celebrate Easter? by Mark Sutherland

Looking for a way to explain Easter to your child? Then consider picking up a copy of Why Do We Celebrate Easter? by Mark Sutherland.

In this beautifully illustrated story, children learn that God had planned Easter a long, long time ago–even before the world was created. The book swiftly moves along from creation and the Fall of Man, to the birth of Jesus, His ministry, the Last Supper, Jesus’ death and his glorious Resurrection.

Sutherland did an excellent job of providing young readers with a book that explains the Easter story in greater depth than many books do. While it is a large picture book (30 PDF pages/28 printed pages) the explanations provided by the author will be helpful in assisting readers to grasp the full message.

The book opens by asking the reader, “Do you ever wonder what Easter is all about?” Immediately the author works to engage the reader. This is a nice style, and one I think young readers will enjoy.

Julie Hammond’s artwork is lovely. The soft, warm colors keep with the peaceful tone of the book.

My only slight criticism is that I felt the book would end on a more powerful note without the last page. The second to the last page talks about how we become Jesus’ friends by believing He is God and that He died and rose again as payment for our sins. The final page acts like a summary of the entire book, and ends with the words, “And that’s why we celebrate Easter.” I truly felt that last page deflated the strong words of the page before it.

That aside, Why Do We Celebrate Easter? by Mark Sutherland is a great way to share the Easter story with the child in your life.

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  • Publisher: Dunrobin Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 0983236305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983236306
  • SRP:  $9.99



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One Little Blueberry by Tammi Salzano

Who knew one little blueberry could cause so much trouble? When one little blueberry falls to the ground, all the hungry insects are eager to have it for themselves. Who will end up with this tasty treat?

Counting has never been so much fun as with One Little Blueberry by Tammi Salzano. Coupled with the charming artwork of Kat Whelan, this hardcover with spot laminated cardstock pages, will be a popular read in your house. I found the spot lamination to be quite an intriguing feature, as the glossy spots immediately capture the reader’s eye.

I truly loved this story. It takes a great deal of imagination to create a simple book that teaches counting, but Salzano makes it seem easy. Whelan’s bright and colorful illustrations in some ways matched the simplicity of the text: the angular lines of the ants’ faces, the insects’ dot eyes, the wispy lines of the antenna. Yet, there is so much going on in these zany pictures of insects chasing after the coveted blueberry, that you’re captivated by them as much as you are by the story.

This might just be my favorite book of the spring season!

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  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 1589258592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258594
  • SRP:  $12.95



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