Saturday, March 2, 2013
SPRING BLOSSOMS by Carole Gerber
For many spring is a favorite time of year. It’s when the weather is warm, sunny and buds abound - that is precisely what the team of Gerber and Evans is celebrating in Spring Blossoms.
Entertaining, educational and happy the book is chock full of colorful linoleum-cut illustrations inviting young readers to follow two children as they walk through a forest enjoying the blossoming trees. Poetic verse introduces the trees. For instance,
“Red maple tree reflects its name:
Both buds and flowers wear red clothes.
The redbud tree does not look red!
Its flowers are a pinkish rose.”
Young ones will learn that some trees have both male and female flowers - each with a distinctive appearance, and there is more as back pages hold further information about trees and their life cycles.
Reading Spring Blossoms will not only provide specific information but should also aid in a child’s growing appreciation of nature.
- Gail Cooke