by Kevin Henkes
illustrated by Laura Dronzek
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Now that it's officially spring (no matter what it might look or feel like outside your window!), there's no better time to enjoy the latest delightful picture book collaboration from husband-and-wife team Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek. WHEN SPRING COMES is perfect for the elementary school child learning about the changing of the seasons, and perfect for all of us who spend winter hoping for spring to come. It's also terrific for reading aloud-- using alliteration, repetition, imagery to very subtly teach the basic concepts of language. We've created these terrific FREE DOWNLOADABLE STORY TIME GUIDE AND ACTIVITIES, with interactive activity suggestions, and coloring, drawing, and counting sheets! We hope you'll use them with your students, patrons, kids, and friends!


"This joyful reflection is as welcome as spotting the first brave crocus." — STARRED REVIEW, Horn Book

"Lyrical and elegant in its simplicity, this is an enchanting celebration of the season to pair with Oh! (1999), the paean to winter created by this same husband-and-wife team." — STARRED REIVEW, Booklist

“Dronzek’s cozy paintings combine the simplified shapes of plants, creatures, and children…Henkes is honest about spring’s more trying moments, weaving themes of waiting and patience throughout…Readers, especially those who live in regions that experience the full range of changing seasons, will warm to this catalog of familiar joys.” — Publishers Weekly

“A read-aloud dream, the meticulous text catalogs Spring’s awakenings and its characteristic weather. …Dronzek’s thick-lined, bright acrylics are as simultaneously wry and joyous as the text…Henkes and Dronzek make waiting almost as much fun-if not more so-than the payoff.” — Kirkus

“No harm comes to the bunnies, birds and kittens in Laura Dronzek’s deliciously colorful paintings for ‘When Spring Comes,’ a gentle picture book written by Kevin Henkes. …From brown to green, from eggs to birds, from seeds to flowers, seasonal changes transpire sweetly in these pages.” — Wall Street Journal


WHEN SPRING COMES * by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek * Tr ISBN: 9780062331397 $17.99 * Library ISBN: 9780062331403 $18.89 * Greenwillow Books