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.
Preschool-Grade 1. It’s anything but quiet this winter’s night. A child wakens to an assortment of sounds—“crunch, scrunch”—and, 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—blue, gray, white—with warm tones—brown, sepia, red—that 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.