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Busy Spring

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I read this book to my 5 year old granddaughter when we were learning about the various seasons. This is a beautifully illustrated story featuring a father and two daughters preparing the garden for spring and all the things they see and discover. As their father shares ways that spring wakes everything up, the girls observe different animals and insects and happenings in the garden. We spent a lot of time with the backpages that contained factual information about things that occur in spring and certain animals that can be found. There was also information about why the various seasons occur in relation to how the earth moves and turns (she understood some of that part). This book could easily be used in primary classrooms with children up to 7 or 8.
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Thank you to the publisher, authors, illustrator, for an advance copy of this book in exchange for honest feedback. I really, REALLY love the illustrations. They are gorgeous. Even the simplistic panels are beautiful. I love the theme and this will be a great read for kids.
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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Busy Spring: Nature wakes up is a delightful children's book about spring. The book starts out with a father and his two young daughters going in the garden to plant some carrot seeds. The father tells the children what spring means and how nature wakes up. The children observe different animals and insects and happenings in the garden. The illustrations are lovely and I found the book a delight to read.
I enjoyed the last few pages if the book too which are factual information about things that occur in spring and certain animals etc that can be found. I also enjoyed the information on the seasons such as why and how they occur in relation to how the earth has turned and in which direction. 
So much to learn in this short 32 paged book!
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This is a lovely illustrated picture book that follows Jasmine, her dad and her sibling as spring begins all around them. Children can see the beauty of the season through Jasmine’s eyes. It will make them look forward to our next spring season. The end of the story has sections about the season itself, plants, animals and more.

This is a nice book for children. It will encourage them to take an interest in nature.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.
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I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

A gorgeous book. I loved all the bright pictures. Lots of information about plants and animals outside when Spring is here. The story flows well and is very relatable. At the end of the book there are facts about spring and the different plants and animals and ways you can conserve nature.
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Join a father as he teaches his two daughters all about the wonders of spring, and just what makes it such a busy time. The illustrations by Cinyee Chiu are gorgeous!

The book concludes with several pages explaining what animals, insects, and Mother Nature are up to in the spring, and all sorts of things kids can look for as they venture outdoors.
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BUSY SPRING by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss tells the story of two young girls who join their father out in the garden for a day of exploration as the seasons change from winter to spring. As a children's librarian, I have read many, many books about the changing seasons, so it can be difficult to find a unique angle to talk about it from. However, I think the authors did an incredible job with this book, as did the illustrator—the illustrations are just so cute and detailed! I was honestly amazed by just how informative this book was and how much detail was included—from observations about life cycles and food chains, to the ideas of composting and transformation, this book addresses so many unique aspects of the season in depth. Additionally, the book includes a few pages of non-fiction resources on plants, animals, and nature's symbioses. Finally, it includes some resources and potential action steps for how young readers can help the environment. This book would definitely be a little text-heavy for use in storytime programming, but I would certainly purchase this text for my library's collection and it is a sweet, interesting, and informative book. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader's copy of this text for review!
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According to NetGalley, "Busy Spring, Nature Wakes Up" by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss with illustrations by Cinyee Chiu publishes the week after next. However, looking around on-line, including at the publisher's website, it appears to have come out this past March. That makes a great deal more sense, a spring book publishing in the spring, not in the fall.

Whenever it became available, "Busy Spring" is an excellent selection for our Environmental Book Club. It's a beautifully illustrated story about a boy and girl who go out to work in the garden with their father, just because it is spring. They ramble about, doing a number of things in the yard, while Dad explains various things in a nonscientific way. "The spring sunlight is nature's alarm clock. Life's waking up. Plants are racing to get more light." A better than adequate explanation for young readers of what's happening in springtime.

The illustrations and layout of this book reminded me of "The Ox-cart Man" by Donald Hall with Caldecott Medal winning illustrations by Barbara Cooney.  Both books also deal with nature, by way of the changing seasons. "Ox-cart Man" is about what the ox-cart man does over the course of the year, while "Busy Spring" is about what a family does in spring time.

"Busy Spring" has several pages of back matter, including a lengthier poetic explanation of spring and then a section on what is going on with plants and animals at that time. But, really, the main text about the family working together is enough. 

Taylor, Morss, and Chiu have an earlier book, "Winter Sleep, A Hibernation Story.".
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Busy Spring is a lovely look at the exciting ways springtime makes itself known. My favorite part of this book was the detailed and bright illustrations, as well as the back matter. My only complaint is I spotted a couple of factual errors in the eGalley I received. And the story itself seemed a tad wordy for what I was anticipating in this story. But still a great addition to have for any child intersted in the world around them. If the factual errors are fixed in the final book, I would rate this three stars.
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I loved this books. The illustrations are so beautiful, and the characters and all the nature information were really cute and interesting. It had quite a bit of text so I'd recommend it for children older than 6.
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My kids and I love gardening, so I was very excited to read this book. We very much enjoyed it! It was easy enough for my toddler to understand, but still engaging for my middle school son. A great family read.
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I really enjoyed this one and think it will be a great book to purchase and share with my daughter. Artwork is lovely, and the story flower really nicely. I'm sure it will get her wanting to explore our garden too!
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This book would be perfect for my gardening/allotmenting mad toddler. I will definitely be purchasing when it's out.

It's a book about the garden waking up in spring. Two little girls and their Dad explore the garden and make all sorts of little discoveries, from tiny little creatures, to foxes, to tadpoles. Finding that there's something to see and alive in every nook and cranny of the garden.

I thought the last few pages were an interesting addition, a sort of mini nature  book, explaining spring, wildlife and. with tips on how you can help life thrive in your own garden.

Beautiful, calming illustrations, with plenty of detail but still keeping it interesting for children.
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*Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - words and pictures for allowing me to read this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Two children and their father explore their backyard and learn about spring.
What a great resource book to teach about spring!  This book blends a gorgeous story with true facts about spring to help children learn all about it,  The illustrations were beautiful, the characters were great (especially the youngest sister, Jasmine - so cute and so much fun!), and the writing was fabulous.  I also loved that after the story had been told, the book switched into an informational section about spring, plants, animals, growing together, and how you can help.  I think teachers will really like this one.
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Busy Spring by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss is a beautifully-illustrated book for young readers that introduces them to all the beautiful things nature does in spring. This book isn't the usual story about just the beauty of spring, but it's also timely and informative about climate change and the repercussions it has on the concept of seasons. Educational and informative with tips on how young readers can help to protect wildlife and nature, this is a must-read.
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This is such a wonderful story with so much informations and absolutely beautiful pictures. Highly recommend!
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The immersive, visceral quality of this text and the accompanying illustrations is phenomenal. I could FEEL the season of spring while reading it. The theme of a "busy spring" is also something I'd never seen before. I've read about beautiful springs and happy springs and waking-up-from-long-winter springs, but never busy springs in particuar. After having recently moved out to the country, I'd say this description is quite fitting, and it makes me so thankful to be part of this busy planet! The supplemental pages provided in the back were also engaging and helpful to read. 5/5 for sure!
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An absolutely gorgeous picture book to celebrate the beginning of spring! Both of my children would have loved this when they were little: my visual learner who loves stories and being together, and my kinesthetic non-fiction kid, who probably would have acted out all the parts like little sister Jasmine.

Curiously, the book includes a reference to a butterfly's "cocoon," which surprised me, as scientists have been referring to it as a chrysalis for years now.
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I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This is a great book. I loved the story and the pictures were beautiful!
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Such a visually beautiful book! There is so much to look at on each page. I love how it teaches readers about nature and what happens when the seasons change.
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