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HOORAY FOR SPRING! by Kazuo Iwamura


by Kazuo Iwamura & illustrated by Kazuo Iwamura

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7358-2228-3
Publisher: NorthSouth

Red-squirrel triplets Mick, Mack and Molly, having thoroughly enjoyed winter in Hooray for Snow! (2008), return for a springtime outing through the branches. They observe caterpillars and bees dining on leaves and blossoms, respectively, and then find a hungry-looking baby bird. The tufty-eared sibs do their best to tempt the bird with pinecones and cherry blossoms, to no avail. Iwamura places his characters in a softly green-and-pink setting, his delicate outlines bringing out gentle humor, especially as the bird rebuffs the squirrels’ offerings with evident disgust. The tale ends with something of a soft thud, as mother bird arrives with a worm and the squirrels describe the adventure to their parents, but it makes for a sweet seasonal diversion nevertheless. (Picture book. 3-5)