Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Everything Spring

Everything Spring

Jill Esbaum
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
National Geographic Children's Books, 2010   ISBN: 978-1426306075

Spring is a month that “tiptoes in.” It is a season that is full of change, gradual and magical transformations that appear as the days get warmer. As little green leaves start to unfurl, and “slumbering trees” wake up, we see a baby deer resting in the woods and a mother bird bringing her babies some food.

In the barnyard, fluffy yellow chicks explore, and beautifully pink piglets look for some breakfast. As the little lambs kick up their heels on the hillside, snowmelt turns trickles into streams, and little tadpoles start a transformation that will end with them becoming long-legged frogs.

This beautifully presented book combines gorgeous color photographs with a lyrical text to give young readers a memorable picture of spring. Children will love to see all the young animals in the photographs, and they will come to appreciate that spring is a season full of new beginnings.