Rap, bap, tap. Late one winter night, a child awakes to peculiar noises in the backyard- a bear! They journey together through the snowy forest as other animals eagerly join in, creating a parade to welcome the spring.
This is a perfect seasonal read aloud to bridge Winter and Spring. In this mysterious picture book, sounds build anticipation as the ground thaws, and the icy pond breaks. Trees begin to bud and more animals join the fray, until… CRACK! Spring bursts from a gigantic egg full of gorgeous flowers and birds.
About the Author
Marion Dane Bauer has received many awards, including a Newbery Honor for the books she has written for young people. Her picture books include in Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb, illustrated by Caldecott winner Emily Arnold McCully, Halloween Forest, illustrated by John Shelley and The Stuff of Stars illustrated by Caldecott honor illustrator Ekua Holmes, which received four starred reviews.
John Shelley illustrations are known internationally, especially in Japan where he lived and worked for twenty-one years. He is the illustrator of Halloween Forest, by Marion Dane Bauer, Will’s Words How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk written by Jane Sutcliffe and Magic for Sale by Carrie Clickard.
"Great for reading aloud and just right for springtime story hours, this is a fanciful version of how dramatic the change of season can sometimes seem."—Booklist
"Soft watercolor and ink illustrations are playful and detail-rich"—The Horn Book Guide