DescriptionA fresh take on a familiar saying, perfect for the first rainy days of spring. Rattling windows with the roar of a late-winter storm, March shows up like a lion-- wild and messy, muddy and wet. In rhythmic, exuberant text, Newbery Honor-author Marion Dane Bauer conveys the changeable nature of spring weather, as the lion makes way for the lamb--with a huge sneeze!--as the trees and flowers spring into bloom. Full of humor and motion, Caldecott-winning illustrator Emily Arnold McCully's soft watercolors bring the blustering lion and gentle lamb to life. From hail and wet snow to vibrant green fields full of blossoms, the illustrations grow brighter, springing into new life--and hinting and the summer to come. The lively text and paintings illustrate the ways in which we personify spring weather, making this book a perfect introduction to figurative language--and lots of fun to read as well.
January 02, 2012
9.0 X 0.25 X 10.0 inches | 0.41 pounds
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About the Author
Marion Dane Bauer is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books for young people, from early readers to young-adult novels, including On My Honor, for which she was awarded a Newbery Honor Award. She recently authored The Stuff of Stars which received a Coretta Scott King medal for illustration. She taught writing and served as a Faculty Chair at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, but now writes full-time. She lives in Minnesota. Emily Arnold McCully has won many awards, including the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire and a Christopher Award for Picnic. She is the author and illustrator of numerous books, including Pete Won't Eat, which received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal, which said, "The illustrations are priceless." She lives in New York City and Columbia County, New York, where she is an avid gardener.
"Bauer turns the shopworn simile into a fresh, rousing story about lion and lamb. . . . And onward to April, allergies and all."--The New York Times Book Review "The title's familiar proverb, muse for many a postwinter bulletin board, inspires this picture-book interpretation. . . . both the words and pictures offer a warm depiction of the change of seasons--along with a shout-out to young springtime allergy sufferers."--Booklist "In Bauer's capable hands, the age-old simile of March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb is made quite literal. . . . While the text provides the skeleton, McCully's pen, ink and watercolor illustrations truly bring the old song to life. . . . A good addition to the spring shelf, it is sure to find its way, roaring and bleating, to classrooms studying similes."--Kirkus Reviews "Newbery Honor-author Bauer (On My Honor) and Caldecott-winning artist McCully (Mirette on the High Wire) have fun with a familiar weather simile. . . . The palette of McCully's wispy pen-and-ink watercolor art brightens as spring blooms, while the cadence and rhyme of Bauer's verse are as variable as March itself."--Publishers Weekly