The Resource Finding spring, Carin Berger

Finding spring, Carin Berger

Label
Finding spring
Title
Finding spring
Statement of responsibility
Carin Berger
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Too excited to hibernate through his first winter, a bear cub tries to find spring
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 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. -- McDermott, Jeanne (Reviewed 01-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 9, p106)
  • 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 --Laura J. Giunta (Reviewed January 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 1, p68)
  • /* Starred Review */ 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.) --Staff (Reviewed October 27, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 43, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Maurice, a little bear, can't wait to experience his first spring, so while Mama hibernates, he goes looking for it. Even though woodland friends Squirrel, Rabbit, Deer and Robin tell him it isn't quite time yet, Maurice soon mistakes falling snow's icy beauty for springtime. Cut-paper collages, enlivened by subtly placed ephemera, create manifold, bafflingly luminous and engaging illustrations. Photographed and reproduced to fill every double-page spread in this immensely pleasurable seasonal story, they offer a sense of continuum (perfect for a tale of cyclical change), luxuriant space and a wonderfully immersive reading experience. Snippets of newsprint, handwriting, lined composition paper, faded letters and old books simply beg for scrutiny. Cut-paper forms, the raised edges of which cast little shadows within the collages, challenge two-dimensionality and enchant readers. Petals, tree trunks, evergreen boughs and berry bushes appear as sculptural shapes, multidimensional and magical, bestowing on young children the same pleasurably disorienting and dazzling confusion the little bear feels when holding his first ice crystal. Maurice awakes to find his red scarf wet from the snowball he hoped to save, a sweet wink to Peter and his Snowy Day, but he also finds spring itself in all its budded, bountiful, glory. Exceptional, exhilarating artwork perfectly suited for a story about anticipation, discovery and joy. (Picture book. 2-6)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10394346
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Berger, Carin
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD510L
  • Decoding demand: 66 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 82 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 64 (high)
  • Structure demand: 80 (high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
Reading level
2.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Spring
  • Winter
  • Seasons
  • Bears
  • Spring
  • Winter
  • Seasons
  • Bears
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Finding spring, Carin Berger
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1064449
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062250193
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014003155
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062250193
  • (OCoLC)870336138
Label
Finding spring, Carin Berger
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1064449
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062250193
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014003155
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062250193
  • (OCoLC)870336138

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