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APRIL WITHOUT SPRING

Author: Violet E Rawlings

Illustrator: Patricia Rawlings and Marina McSherry

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Publisher: Trafford Publishing, ©2006

Material: paperback

Summary: Mother Nature has discovered that children on earth are careless and ungrateful about the beauty of nature. When she takes spring away, she leaves April alone with Jack Frost and North Wind. Because of this, April can no longer keep Willow, Squirrel, and all the forest creatures alive. It doesn't take long for the children to realize what has happened. Hoping to get spring back from Mother Nature, Jack stays awake all night and waits for her until she re-visits. When Mother Nature finally arrives, Jack explains what has happened and says the children promise to do better. This is a fantasy adventure where nature comes to life.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, advanced reader

Recommended Age: 5 to 10

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This is a pleasant and delightful book that shows the importance of caring for nature and the environment. This is an important message to children, who may not fully appreciate our nature. With a light touch, the story relays the drama of winter, which makes the story more interesting. A wonderful collection of drawings enhance the story and give it a more realistic mood. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, not only because of animated pictures, but the message from the author provides a great message to children.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. I would definitely recommend this book to children, aged ranging from nine to twelve. It is surely a fascinating book to read!

If You Liked This Book, Try: HOW MOTHER NATURE FLOWERED THE FIELDS OF EARTH AND MARS   ABIGALE THE HAPPY WHALE   I HEARD THE WILLOW WEEP

Educational Themes: For younger readers, this is a book that can help illustrate the seasons. For more mature readers, you can develop the themes of conservation, caring for nature (and each other), and teamwork.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fantasy, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2008

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