Finding spring

Carin Berger

Book - 2015

Too excited to hibernate through his first winter, a bear cub tries to find spring.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2015]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9780062250193
0062250191
Main Author
Carin Berger (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Winter is coming, but little bear Maurice, excited about his first spring, imagines springtime flowers. Instead of sleeping, he leaves his den to look for spring. He queries Squirrel, Rabbit, Deer, and Robin, who tell him, not yet. Cut-paper forms float above the page, casting shadows and creating the illusion of a three-dimensional world that children will happily enter. Interesting perspectives combine with scenes that vary from one- to two-page spreads to smaller vignettes to help set the pace for Maurice's journey of inquiry. The palette changes to reflect the season. When Maurice sees a sky full of snowflakes (they resemble his vision of flowers), he thinks, "Spring!" He even takes some home with him. When he wakes, his evidence has disappeared. Eager to share his discovery, Maurice takes his mother and friends back over his path, this time passing blooming trees and green buds. "Everything had changed." They do, indeed, find spring—and spring flowers. Chock-full of visual cues and information, this is a charming exploration of seasonal changes. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Berger's (A Perfect Day) crisp, meticulous paper compositions give her work a distinctive, tailored look. Neatly trimmed paper shapes are mounted above fields of muted green and ivory, casting thin slivers of shadow on the page. Maurice, a bear cub, knows he'll wake up to his first spring, and he's too excited to sleep. He leaves the cave he shares with his mother to start his search early. Hurrying along a forest path, dwarfed by towering pines, Maurice feels a spark of cold, holds up a snowflake, and mistakes it for something else. "Spring?" he asks. On the Great Hill, he revels in a blizzard of snowflakes, a tour de force of lacy paper shapes, and collects them in his sack. When he awakens months later, his sack is empty, of course, but real spring and a splendid shower of flower petals give him new joy. Even the youngest readers have the satisfaction of knowing more about snow and spring than Maurice does, and the balletic grace of Berger's artwork provides exceptional visual drama throughout. Ages 4–8. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Jan.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—A small, inquisitive cub is anxiously awaiting his first spring. After his mother falls asleep for the winter, Maurice goes out to look for spring, asking other woodland animals for help along the way. Mistaking snowflakes for spring, a satisfied little bear scoops some up into a snowball and then returns to hibernate. When he wakes up, the snowball has melted, but Maurice finally learns what spring really is. Berger writes with simple, rhythmic clarity as well as with an unaffected innocence, making for a charming read-aloud. Young children will relate to Maurice's eagerness, as they share a similar enthusiasm to learn about the world around them. Berger's collages, which include several striking spreads, are a creative blend of paper cut-outs. With Berger's gentle storytelling and warm, joyful art, this is a winning entry into spring-themed picture books. Pair it with Julia Rawlinson's Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms (Greenwillow, 2009) for a charming story hour about springtime mix-ups.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY [Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Too excited to hibernate through his first winter, a bear cub tries to find spring, but discovers something else just as magical.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Reluctant to sleep through a long hibernation season, a bear cub leaves his warm den and asks his friends to help him search for the elusive Spring before discovering a beautiful, mysterious snowball and hurrying home to show it to his mother.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Too excited to hibernate through his first winter, a bear cub tries to find spring.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Instead of hibernating as he should, a little bear cub goes out in search of spring—and he thinks he's found it! Gloriously illustrated with dioramas and cut-paper collages by the award-winning designer and illustrator Carin Berger, this stunning picture book celebrates the changing of the seasons. A baby bear cub named Maurice is curious about spring—and he's upset when Mama tells him that before he can experience his first spring, he has to hibernate through his first winter! Mischievous Maurice decides to leave their warm den and go find spring for himself. He asks all his friends for help . . . and finally finds something beautiful and full of magic and light. Spring! He wraps it up and takes it home, determined to show Mama and everyone else. The only problem? When Maurice wakes up, his little piece of spring (a snowball) has melted. This gloriously illustrated book celebrates friendship, curiosity, discovery, and the meaning and beauty of two seasons—winter and spring. Ideal for the classroom, seasonal story times, and bedtime reading.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Instead of hibernating as he should, a little bear cub goes out in search of spring'and he thinks he's found it! Gloriously illustrated with dioramas and cut-paper collages by the award-winning designer and illustrator Carin Berger, this stunning picture book celebrates the changing of the seasons. A baby bear cub named Maurice is curious about spring'and he's upset when Mama tells him that before he can experience his first spring, he has to hibernate through his first winter! Mischievous Maurice decides to leave their warm den and go find spring for himself. He asks all his friends for help . . . and finally finds something beautiful and full of magic and light. Spring! He wraps it up and takes it home, determined to show Mama and everyone else. The only problem? When Maurice wakes up, his little piece of spring (a snowball) has melted. This gloriously illustrated book celebrates friendship, curiosity, discovery, and the meaning and beauty of two seasons'winter and spring. Ideal for the classroom, seasonal story times, and bedtime reading.