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When will it be spring? by Catherine Walters
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When will it be spring? (1997)

by Catherine Walters

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Elementary
  SteppLibrary | Mar 22, 2017 |
Mother bear instructs her baby bear, Alfie, that it is time to sleep until it is spring. Alfie keeps wondering when spring will arrive.
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  TUCC | Jan 11, 2017 |
I liked this book for two reasons. First, the style of the illustrations fits the written text and are appropriate to the mood of the story. The facial expressions of the characters are apparent to the audience, which helps the audience understand what each character is feeling throughout the story. Along with this, the pastel and soft colors add to the mild and calming tone in the story. The illustrations are realistic and are appropriate to the anxious mood of the story. Along with this, the language was descriptive. The author appeals to the five senses and is descriptive with her language choice. For example, the author writes, "So Alfie slept and dreamed of butterflies, birds chirping, and sunshine on his back until something icy touched his nose! A tiny stream of water was trickling through the cave" (p. 21). With this descriptive language, the author provides the audience with a detailed description using the five senses so that the audience has a clear image of what is happening in the story. The language is descriptive, which helps the audience follow along and remain engaged as the story goes on. The big message of the story is patience, as the bear must wait until spring has arrived until he can go outside. ( )
  kaylafrey | Mar 14, 2016 |
The main idea about When Will it be Spring is the changing of seasons and learning about hibernation. I like this book because it had colorful pictures and was an easy read. Throughout the book the baby bear continuously asks his mama "But when will it be spring." The story is simple to understand and will teach young kids the basics about when bears hibernate. It would be a good book to introduce children to the topic of bears or changing of seasons. ( )
  mderob1 | Feb 26, 2014 |
I like the book "When Will it be Spring?" because of the language the author uses, as well as, the illustrations presented in the book. The author uses very descriptive language throughout the story, describing each season fully. For example, Walters writes, " When the butterflies float by looking for new flowers, then it will be spring." The detailed illustrations also helped enhance the story. The pictures displayed common characteristics of each season including leaves for fall, snow for winter, and flowers for spring. The main message of this story was to explain hibernation and the changing of the seasons. ( )
  jtaylo41 | Feb 26, 2014 |
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Although Mother Bear urges Alfie to be patient and sleep through winter, he keeps waking up to look for spring.

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