In Spring/En Primavera

Susana Madinabeitia Manso, illus. by Emily Hanako Momohara. Blue Manatee (IPG, dist.), $7.99 (14p) ISBN 978-1-936669-56-1
In this upbeat bilingual board book from newcomers Manso and Momohara, a boy with a head of frizzy curls celebrates the seasonal delights of spring, pantomiming a seed’s growth, a hopping rabbit, and more. Writing in the boy’s voice, Manso uses simple, direct sentences and a repeating structure, ending each spread with a question that invites reader response (“Don’t you think I make a good rainbow? ¿A que sería un buen arco iris?”). Momohara’s photo-collages give the book real charm: set against soft, canvas-textured backdrops, they show the boy stretching his arms up like a growing sprout, splashing through puddles, and whistling to mimic birdsong. Up to age 3. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/27/2017
Release date: 04/01/2017
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