Synopses & Reviews
With lyricism and an eye for drama in small things the husband and wife team of Henkes and Dronzek introduce and examine the unfolding of spring "Before Spring comes/ the trees look like/ black sticks against the sky" he begins. "But if you wait/ Spring will bring/ leaves and blossoms." Dronzek's cozy paintings combine the simplified shapes of plants creatures and children outlining them in heavy black and filling them in with scumbled brushstrokes. A seed sprouts in the dirt seen in cross section as the roots grow first and leaves emerge. An egg shows a hairline crack from which a pink featherless bird hatches. Henkes is honest about spring's more trying moments weaving themes of waiting and patience throughout: "Spring can come quickly or slowly" he writes above a vignette of daffodils in full bloom. "It changes its mind a lot" he continues as the flowers wilt under the weight of wet snow. Readers especially those who live in regions that experience the full range of changing seasons will warm to this catalog of familiar joys. Ages 4–8. (Feb.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."