Teachers' Notes Look Inside
In Spring, the weather warms up, snow changes to rain, flowers bloom, and baby animals are born. May Day is celebrated and there are new things to see. This informational text, nonfiction Beginning-to-Read book contains high-frequency words and content vocabulary. This book can be paired with It's Spring, Dear Dragon, its twin text fiction counterpart. Reading reinforcement pages include a word list and activities to strengthen early literacy skills, such as understanding the craft and structure of informational text, key vocabulary words, foundation skills, close reading, and fluency. Aligns with English Language Arts Standards for Grades K-3.
This early reader has a lot to offer. First, it does not simply talk about the weather of spring, but touches on many interesting subjects. This way, there is something of interest to every reader and it can be read over and over. I think the animals will be of particular interest. The language is simple, yet contains language that will stretch young readers. The activities at the back are good and reach all levels of learners. Some of the activities are ""teacheresque"" in language and may be difficult for parents to follow, but teachers will love them. There is also a complete list of all 85 words that can be used in many ways.
NetGalley Reviewer, June 2015
Seasonal books are great for young readers. Preschool teachers always request them, they're great nonfiction picks for storytime, they pair really well with a related fiction choice, and you can tie super-fun crafts in with them.
Prolific children's author Mary Lindeen's newest seasonal book, Spring, is a great choice for school and public libraries alike. There are beautiful, bright pictures of springtime images and multicultural children enjoying the season, easy to read text, loaded with sight words for new readers, and parent/teacher resources in the back, including a list of the 85 words included in the book, plus discussion questions. This book is already on my to-order list for my libraries, because I can't keep seasonal books on the shelf long enough - like I said, everyone loves them.
NetGalley Reviewer, May 2015
This is designed as a non-fiction text for emergent readers. It has beautiful, bright, colourful images take up most of the pages. The text is simple facts, sometimes followed by questions that will promote discussion and develop understanding further. Guidance is provided for parents on how to use this book with their child(ren) to promote reading and understanding. The book contains 85 different words and these are listed, identifying those which are high frequency and others that are content words.
Teachers could also easily use this book to introduce non-fiction texts to pupils or to help promote interest and discussion relating to the seasons and, in this case, the Spring. The bright images will appeal to pupils and they will easily relate to most of them. This is the sort of book that young children will probably return to look through time and time again - delightful and great for encouraging interest in the world around them, including reading about it!
NetGalley Reviewer, May 2015