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Spring Thaw

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Lyrical prose and lush illustrations depict the coming of springtime on a farm, from the warm wind that arrives during the night, to melting snow, to newborn lambs curled up in hay warmed by the sun.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2000 by Viking
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The kids won't be interested too much in the story, my 5 yr old was a little bit. But what really makes this book special are the paintings. You can actually see the brush strokes on the canvas, and for those of you, like me, who think snow and weather change is beautiful, you will appreciate this book. Also, my husband taps our maple trees for syrup and there is the old fashioned way of doing this in the book. The process was interesting and something my son could relate to. A few bigger words ...more
May 01, 2011 Gundula rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children interested in the four seasons
With a simple narrative as flowing and caressing as the warm wind that signals the start of spring, Spring Thaw, written by Steven Schnur, with illustrations by Stacey Schuett, describes in evocative detail (both textually and visually) the many signs of early spring on the farm, in the woods, in the countryside. There is not much of a story, no narrative tension, but Spring Thaw does not really require this. It is simply and beautifully an atmospheric evocation of winter turning to spring, perf ...more
Lisa Vegan
May 25, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: celebrating and teaching about the environment in its changing from winter to spring
This is an incredibly lovely book about the coming of spring, so evocative by using snow & running water, wild & domestic animals, with gorgeous colors and illustrations. This is a very quiet book. There’s no exciting story, no real story of any kind, but its pages will keep kids engrossed and excited. Just beautiful! It was a perfect choice for the Children's Books group Picture Books Club, whose theme for May is spring. I’m glad I got a copy to read before the end of the month.

Spring Thaw, the story of the day when the snow begins to melt and spring starts to appear, worked its gentle magic on me. I loved the way the story built, full of subtle expectation then building as more and more elements of spring began to appear. I thought some of the (admittedly few) words were so well-chosen and evocative of the subject, such as the heart-shaped hoof prints left behind by the deer. Lovely! I also really enjoyed the illustrations. (The raccoon is especially adorable!) I espe ...more
Huh. I grew up in NW Wisconsin, in a context directly reminiscent of this, from crocus to coon to old house, and I don't recall any turquoise tint or hint of royal purple. Schuett's eyes must see differently. Our spring was thinner, lighter - the pale leaves budding, the meltwater running in every gutter and ditch reflecting still cold shards of sun, the birdsongs almost shrill with haste to mate and raise broods before fall coming in five months. I do remember the heavy snow sliding off the eav ...more
Apr 20, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet story about the beginning of Spring, the time of the year when the snow begins to melt for the last time and the Spring flowers begin to come up. The animals awaken from hibernation and new babies are born. It's a quiet story, with a short narrative and full-page illustrations that are muted, with subtle shades of color. It's a nice story to read aloud (and definitely a good one for bedtime) and we enjoyed reading it together.

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A lovely simple story of the first day of spring, told through the point of view of a farmer and his son. I do not live in an area that snows or even gets very cold, but the illustrations and text do a wonderful job of describing how good that first warmer day with sunshine must feel after a long cold snowy winter.
Gorgeous illustrations. Beautiful verbal imagery. I love the rooted feeling of being tied to the earth and nature and seasons and family.
really interesting - more about spring and what happens around it - good pictures and interesting information (picture book)
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