Monday, February 13, 2023

"Good-bye, Winter! Hello! Spring! - a bookwrap



Good-bye, Winter! Hello, Spring! 

by Kazuo Iwamura


* Reading Age: 4-8 years

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Length:  32 page

* Publisher:  NorthSouth Books

* Pub. Date:  March 5, 2019

* ISBN-10:  0735843457

* ISBN-13:  978-0735843455

* Language:  English


Editorial Reviews

"Sincere and serene, with masterful, atmospheric illustrations." -- Kirkus Reviews

"First published in Japan, this charming picture book includes artwork defined by precise, graceful ink drawings, warmed with colour washes, and suffused with the beauty of woodlands as winter turns to spring. A good starting place for discussions of seasons or the water cycle, this appealing picture book also offers a satisfying excursion for young armchair adventurers." -- Carolyn Phelan ― Booklist

"Iwamura illustrates in subtle earth tones; pale grays gradually turn to soft yellow and a milky green-blue as the stream leads into a tree-lined lake that dwarfs the squirrels’ tiny boat… Graceful artwork captures the visceral experience of seasonal transition." -- Publishers Weekly

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

 "A seasonal story, now available in English, from Japanese master of children’s book illustration Kazuo Iwamura."

In the forest the snow is melting as Spring arrives but where does all that water go?  Three little sibling squirrels Mick, Mack, and Molly are sceptical that snow can actually turn into water.  Is that really true?  They need to find out. 

This fun adventure story follows the three little squirrels as they explore a stream that turns into a brook, which ultimately ends up in a lake.  They board a floating log to examine the water's journey more closely and find they are adrift far from their home.  Luckily some ducks approach the three and rescue them taking them safely back to shore where they are met by worried parents wondering where their three kits have been. 

Imamura's illustrations are soft and very Beatrix Potter like.  I love them.  This adventure story would be a great addition to a classroom and school library.  I highly recommend it! 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author/Illustrator

Kazuo Iwamura was born in Tokyo. He is one of the most famous picture book artists in Japan. His work has won many awards. He lives in Tochigi, where he founded the Museum for Picture Book Illustrations. It stands on a hill named Ehon-no-Oka, which means Picture Book Hill. 

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