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Title:
Good-bye, winter! Hello, spring!
ISBN:
9780735843455
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Publication Information:
New York : NorthSouth, [2019]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Mou haru desune.
Summary:
While out exploring Mick, Mack, and Molly take a ride on a fallen log and learn how the snow melts and ends up in the rivers and lakes and eventually in the sky.
Audience:
Decoding demand: 56 (medium) Semantic demand: 70 (high) Syntactic demand: 57 (medium) Structure demand: 86 (very high) Lexile
Audience:
480L Lexile
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A beloved story, now available in English, from Japanese master of children's book illustration Kazuo Iwamura

When spring comes, it melts the snow. Where will all the water go?

The first harbingers of spring can be seen in the forest--as the wet snow begins to melt. The little squirrels Mick, Mack, and Molly can't believe that snow can turn into water. That is, until they discover a floating tree and use it as a raft.

This gentle adventure, told in rhyme, is a wonderful celebration of nature and friendship.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Winter transitions into spring in Iwamura's quiet woodland story, first published in Japan in 1985. Three squirrel children observe the changing weather from their treetop home. They scamper toward the sound of dripping, then water-signs that winter's snow is melting-and ride downstream on a fallen log. Iwamura writes with casual lyricism: "A nightingale's voice trembled like a dream./ The three of them on their tree-trunk boat-/ Merrily away-began to float." Iwamura illustrates in subtle earth tones; pale grays gradually turn to soft yellow and a milky green-blue as the stream leads into a tree-lined lake that dwarfs the squirrels' tiny boat. With the arrival of three friendly ducks (who escort them home on their backs), the squirrels learn that, "in spring, the snow goes back into the earth/ And the sea and the sky-it's a time of rebirth." Graceful artwork captures the visceral experience of seasonal transition. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Mick, Mack, and Molly, the three little squirrels who appeared in Iwamura's Hooray for Summer (2010) and Bedtime in the Forest (2010), step outdoors in spring and hear the dripping sounds of melted snow. After following a little stream that flows into a brook, they bravely hop aboard a floating log, which carries them down a river that feeds into a lake. Now far from shore, the squirrels cry for help. Wild ducks swim by and offer to carry the squirrels back to land. Mick, Mack, and Molly reunite with their parents and talk about snowmelt's journey to the sea, to the clouds, and back to falling snow. Despite the occasional rhyme-driven phrase, most of the verse couplets flow smoothly. First published in Japan, this charming picture book includes artwork defined by precise, graceful ink drawings, warmed with color washes, and suffused with the beauty of woodlands as winter turns to spring. A good starting place for discussions of seasons or the water cycle, this appealing picture book also offers a satisfying excursion for young armchair adventurers.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist