"Mother Earth rouses herdaughters -- March, April, and May."You must wake theworld to start a new day.""But sisters March, April, and May begin quarreling as soon as they awake from their long winter's sleep. They are so busy competing with each other that they have forgotten that it's their job to make the world blossom into springtime.Can Mother ...
"Mother Earth rouses herdaughters -- March, April, and May."You must wake theworld to start a new day.""But sisters March, April, and May begin quarreling as soon as they awake from their long winter's sleep. They are so busy competing with each other that they have forgotten that it's their job to make the world blossom into springtime.Can Mother Earth soothe her daughters and stop their silly squabbling?Will spring ever arrive?Lynn Plourde's bouncy text and Greg Couch's luminous illustrations continue the story of Mother Earth and her children. Families everywhere will herald the arrival of spring!
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Publishers Weekly, 2001-12-03 Like Plourde (Snow Day, reviewed above) and Couch's two previous collaborations (Wild Child and Winter Waits), this lushly illustrated book heralds a change in the seasons, but also demonstrates the universal experience of sibling rivalry. When Mother Earth wakens her daughters, March, April and May, they all vie for their mother's attention each asking if they dressed the fastest. Mother Earth replies judiciously, "You are the fastest March I ever did see./ And the fastest April I ever did see./ And the fastest May I ever did see." Similarly, when each girl sings a spring song, Mother Earth shushes their bickering by telling them, "The truth / I love you ALL the best." The girls delight in their mother's politic answer as they wake up the world and shout for summer to come. Each of their songs reflects the characteristics of that month (March, for instance "howls and growls/ like a monsoon,/ then whiffs and puffs/ a quieter tune"). Couch fills his evocative acrylic-and-pencil illustrations with a haze of lavender shadows, infused with soft yellow sunlight and spring green. In one particularly exquisite painting, Mother Earth takes the form of a graceful tree wearing pink blossoms in her hair, reaching out her branch-like fingers to awaken the sleeping children. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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