- Virginia Johnson
If your young child likes vivid photographs with lots going on and lots to think about, your family will enjoy sharing Spectacular Spring: All Kinds of Spring Facts and Fun, by Bruce Goldstone. Like many of the Dorling-Kindersley books, this one has two ways to read it.
For example, one headline reads, “Days Get Longer." You might prefer to just go from headline to headline for the youngest listeners. As your children grow and their interest levels in the details of the world around them increase, bring in the rest of the words on the page. Below "Days Get Longer," you'll see, “Spring begins on the vernal equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere, that’s a day near March 20 when day and night are both 12 hours long.”
For older readers/listeners, there are also pages devoted to some of those how-and-why questions, with their own bright illustrations, such as, “How Do Umbrellas Work?” and “Seeds Travel in Many Ways.”
Spectacular Spring includes special treats for the younger readers, too. The two-page spread, “How Does Spring Feel?” shows things that are muddy (a boot), fluffy (a chick), velvety (petals), and more, as a way of exploring these concepts.
On other pages, while the advanced text explains how flowers and other plants grow, there are illustrations of individual plants, with their names adjacent, so that young children can learn to recognize a tulip, a crocus, a hyacinth, a forsythia branch, and dogwood blossoms.
There are also pages that would work for teaching the concepts of shapes and colors, as well as animal names and sounds. At the back of the book, there are suggestions for simple “Spectacular Spring Activities” to try. Your children can enjoy making fantasy flowers, "dirt" for dessert, hand lambs, seed jars, and a rain stick.
Perfect for Earth Day or any spring day, Spectacular Spring will be a book your family can enjoy in many ways. If you like Spectacular Spring, look for this author’s other seasonal books: Awesome Autumn and Wonderful Winter.