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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Spring is Here, written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. Holiday House, Thomas Allen. 2011. $19.95 ages 3 and upi

"Mole rapped on Bear's
Tap. Tap. Tap.
"Snore," replied Bear."

It must be Mole's first spring because he's not sure that it has yet arrived. He sets about finding out for himself. The air smells sweet, the sun is shining gloriously and there is squishy mud to dip his toes in when he steps outside. It must be spring!

He wants his friend Bear to wake up and enjoy it. No matter what Mole does, Bear just keeps right on snoring. Mole even gets close and tries tickling his nose. It does not rouse his sleepy friend. Wait! He's got another idea.

This one involves egg gathering, cow milking, butter churning, and some mixing. Breakfast in bed finally does the trick! As Bear awakens to enjoy the feast, he calls to Mole to wake up because spring has arrived.

Mole is just too tired to care! Awwww!

Little ones will love this story of friendship and light humor. It's a charmer. It's a perfect book to share with little ones, with its accompanying sounds and simple text. The mixed media artwork has a gentile spirit, in keeping with the story's tone. The colors are warm and cozy, the lines softly drawn. It sure to bring enjoyment to its intended audience.

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