BLOOM BOOM! by April Pulley Sayre
Kirkus Star


Age Range: 3 - 8
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A celebration of flowers in poetry and photographic imagery.

Sayre’s latest feast for the eye and ear focuses on blooming plants, showing their emergence, their growth, their beauty, and their profusion in certain places and times, especially spring. Very short couplets (“Seeds sprout. / Stems pop out”; “Leaves emerge / stalks surge”) are printed in large, legible text directly on each photo, which fills a page or spread. The titular refrain, “Bloom, boom!” follows each couplet. Carefully composed photographs vary in subject and perspective, from fields of flowers to striking close-ups of shoots, leaves, buds, and blossoms. She shows surprising desert blooms, spring wildflowers, garden tulips, and flowering trees. Just when the pattern begins to feel repetitive she begins to include more animals in her images: a bumblebee on a lupine, a chickadee and a butterfly on flowering trees, and a lizard sunning itself, and she changes up her refrain, just once. The California poppies shown close-up on the cover stretch out on a hillside at the blooming, booming conclusion. The rhyme and rhythm of the text invite reading aloud; the pictures show well even across a room. This easy-to-grasp botany lesson is supplemented with backmatter offering older readers more information about the bloom boom and about each photograph.

A charming introduction to flowering plants, this is an obvious addition to a nature-themed storytime that can also can be read alone by budding readers. (web resources) (Informational picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4814-9472-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2018


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