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Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic

Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic

Steven Schnur
Illustrator:  Leslie Evans 
For ages 5 to 8
Clarion, 1999   ISBN: 978-0395822692

Spring is a time of great change, of new life, and it is a time when nature offers up all kinds of wonderful gifts for us to look at and enjoy. Trees bud out with leaves and blossoms, animals give birth and sit on their nests. Children can once again spend many hours outdoors playing games, lying in the grass, and exploring their beautiful environment.

Spring is also a time for repairing the house, and for celebrating Easter and May Day. It is the time when a seeds should be planted in the garden and when the people and animals alike are busy with all kinds of activities.

For this unique and beautifully presented picture book Steven Schnur has created twenty six rhythmical alphabet acrostics, each one of which is rich in imagery and redolent with the feelings of spring. Bright linoleum-cut illustrations capture the images presented in the text, bringing them to life and helping to set the springtime scene.