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Finding Spring by Carin Berger

Finding Spring

by Carin Berger

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Eager to see his first Spring, Maurice the bear pesters his mother about its arrival, only to be told that he will experience it when they awaken from their hibernation. Not content to wait until then, Maurice sets out into the woods to search for Spring, encountering his very first snowfall. Imagining that this is Spring, he carefully saves a ball of snow for later, joining his mother in her slumbers. When he awakens, he imagines that 'Spring' is gone because the snowball has melted, only to meet it for the first time...

A sweet picture-book celebration of the seasons, Finding Spring is an excellent companion to The Little Yellow Leaf, Carin Berger's examination of the beauties of autumn. The illustrations are just lovely, which comes as no surprise, given my appreciation for the artist's previous work. Assembled from cut paper and found ephemera, the scenes here are full of interesting little details, from the lined paper used for the end-pages to the little bits of text (part of the cut paper used) that appear in various places throughout. The lines of text running up the borders of the trees, in one scene, create a fascinating visual effect. Recommended to anyone looking for children's books about the changing of the seasons, as well as to fellow fans of Carin Berger's art. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 30, 2016 |
Instead of hibernating, a bear cub goes in search of spring. Joyful story with exceptional collage illustrations. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
Read on March 18, 2015

A little bear goes searching for spring as his mother and everyone else in the forest starts to prepare for their long winter sleep. I was a little worried this cub was going to get lost and die in the snow. The good news is he *thought* he found spring in the form of a snowflake and quickly took it back to his mom where he fell asleep.

The illustrations are beautiful though! ( )
  melissarochelle | May 21, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062250191, Hardcover)

Instead of hibernating as he should, a little bear cub goes out in search of spring—and he thinks he's found it! Gloriously illustrated with dioramas and cut-paper collages by the award-winning designer and illustrator Carin Berger, this stunning picture book celebrates the changing of the seasons.

A baby bear cub named Maurice is curious about spring—and he's upset when Mama tells him that before he can experience his first spring, he has to hibernate through his first winter! Mischievous Maurice decides to leave their warm den and go find spring for himself. He asks all his friends for help . . . and finally finds something beautiful and full of magic and light. Spring! He wraps it up and takes it home, determined to show Mama and everyone else. The only problem? When Maurice wakes up, his little piece of spring (a snowball) has melted. This gloriously illustrated book celebrates friendship, curiosity, discovery, and the meaning and beauty of two seasons—winter and spring. Ideal for the classroom, seasonal story times, and bedtime reading.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:47 -0400)

Too excited to hibernate through his first winter, a bear cub tries to find spring.

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