Lynn Plourde Spring's Sprung

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Spring's Sprung

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While sisters March, April, and May fight, the world fears that it will stay cold for the whole season, but Mother Earth's reassurances end the fighting and they soon appreciate their own talents and work together to bring the leaves back to the trees and flowers to the meadows.

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Lynn Plourde is the author of the acclaimed seasonal books, Wild Child and Winter Waits, as well as her most recent picture book, Snow Day. Lynn has always lived in Maine where spring has another name -- mud season! She grew up in Skowhegan and for the record, she always got along perfectly with her sister and two brothers.

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Like Plourde (Snow Day, reviewed above) and Couch's two previous collaborations (Wild Child and Winter Waits), this lushly illustrated book heralds a change in the seasons, but also demonstrates the universal experience of sibling rivalry. When Mother Earth wakens her daughters, March, April and May, they all vie for their mother's attention each asking if they dressed the fastest. Mother Earth replies judiciously, "You are the fastest March I ever did see./ And the fastest April I ever did see./ And the fastest May I ever did see." Similarly, when each girl sings a spring song, Mother Earth shushes their bickering by telling them, "The truth / I love you ALL the best." The girls delight in their mother's politic answer as they wake up the world and shout for summer to come. Each of their songs reflects the characteristics of that month (March, for instance "howls and growls/ like a monsoon,/ then whiffs and puffs/ a quieter tune"). Couch fills his evocative acrylic-and-pencil illustrations with a haze of lavender shadows, infused with soft yellow sunlight and spring green. In one particularly exquisite painting, Mother Earth takes the form of a graceful tree wearing pink blossoms in her hair, reaching out her branch-like fingers to awaken the sleeping children. Ages 4-8.

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