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Crinkle, crackle, crack : it's spring!
Bauer, Marion Dane,

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Invites the reader to join a bear and other woodland animals on a cold, moonlit walk to investigate strange noises and observe the arrival of spring.
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Holiday House, [2015].


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Rap, bap, tap. Late one winter night, a boy wakes to strange noises. There's a bear in his yard! The bear leads him to a forest, where the snow has grown muddy and the trees have sprouted buds. The frost is melting --crinkle, crackle, CRACK. As they move deeper into the forest, the sounds grow louder. Rap, bap, tap, crunch, scrunch, crinkle, crackle, CRACK! In an explosion of spring ice shattering, a baby bird is born, and flowers burst forth. It's spring!

Author Notes

Marion Dane Bauer was born in Oglesby, Illinois. She attended community college first, in her home town, and then went to the University of Missouri when she was a junior to study journalism. She quickly realized that journalism was not for her and changed her focus to the humanities and a degree in English literature. She switched one last time to focus on teaching english, which she did when she graduated college.

After her children were born, Bauer decided to try her hand at writing. She started out with a children's picture book, but discovered that youg adult novels were more to her taste. After making a career out of writing, Bauer became the first Faculty Chair at Vermont College for the only Master of Fine Arts in Writing program devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults.

Bauer is the author of more than forty books for young people. She has won many awards, including a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for her novel Rain of Fire and an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for On My Honor and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. Her picture book My Mother is Mine was a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

It's anything but quiet this winter's night. A child wakens to an assortment of sounds crunch, scrunch and, upon getting up to explore, finds a bear outside the door. Come with me, he says, and with that, they, and the reader, go on a dreamy moonlit ramble. Buds on the trees, the breeze, the bear all say, It is time. Especially charming pen-and-ink with watercolor illustrations contrast the cool colors of winter blue, gray, white with warm tones brown, sepia, red that increase as bear and child walk. Rabbit comes out of his burrow to join them, as do other woodland creatures. The easy rhythm, the onomatopoeia, and the repeated refrain, It is time, build anticipation until the group finds a gigantic egg! Crinkle, crackle, CRACK! Spring erupts as if hatching fully formed in a colorful array of flowers, grass, butterflies, birds, and animals. Great for reading aloud and just right for springtime story hours, this is a fanciful version of how dramatic the change of season can sometimes seem.--McDermott, Jeanne Copyright 2015 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Wakened by strange sounds on a late winter night, a child ventures to the door and sees a bear standing in the yard. The shaggy animal issues an invitation to follow saying, "It is time." As they venture into the woods, they listen to the sounds around them and the bear insists that the time is right, but for what? Breezes and buds echo the refrain as do a rabbit, squirrel, and beaver that join the snowy walk. Their destination? A huge nest topped by a gigantic egg that bursts open with a tremendous "crack" and releases a shower of birds, flowers, and butterflies to usher in spring. The twisted branches and gnarled roots of Shelley's trees recall the illustrations for Halloween Forest (Holiday House, 2012), a previous author/artist pairing. But these India ink and watercolor illustrations, including the fuzzy woodland animals, are inviting, not scary. Bauer's text flirts with rhyme and repetition that could have created read-aloud engagement but settles for prose that yields no surprises. VERDICT An adequate but not essential purchase for collections whose readers need a glimpse of spring as winter drags on.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.