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Abracadabra! It’s Spring!

Gal, Susan (Illustrator)
Abrams 2016. 24 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9781419718915 (hardcover)
9781683350873 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This small book full of surprises captures the magic of spring with few words and brilliant illustrations. Each page unfolds into a three-page spread portraying a majestic spring scene.

The first page shows a bunny family curled up together while the mother peers out at the snow. When the page opens, the snow has melted in one area, where grass is beginning to poke through the earth. The bunnies hop about while insects dig in the newly thawed soil. “Sunshine warms a patch of snow. Hocus-pocus! Where did it go?”

Each page presents a new spring phenomenon: crocuses appearing, leaves unfolding, eggs hatching and the return of songbirds. The abstract illustrations, done in charcoal and digital collage, are bursting with life. The palette is rich, with splashes of bright colour and a host of bustling creatures. One page shows a tree whose leaves are unfurling. Multiple shades of textured green adorn the tree with white dots of sun rays and a rainbow in the background while a family of deer frolics nearby.

The last page shows a diverse group of children playing under a tree that is alive with leaves, blossoms, baby birds, insects and squirrels. The scene is full of action and colour: “Look at every bright new thing! Abracadabra! Now it’s spring!”

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    What are signs that spring is arriving? Make an anchor chart about spring.

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    Make a list of all the magic words used in the book. What stories do you know that include one of these magic words? Discuss how those stories are similar to and different from this one.

  •  Make up your own magic words and lift-the-flap book based on another season. Exchange with a classmate and try to guess what is under the flaps before opening them up.
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    What are signs that spring is arriving? Make an anchor chart of spring words you know. Add to it as you learn more.

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    Discuss how the book is organized. How is it similar to and different from other books? Spring comes in different steps: discuss its evolution on each page.

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    Make a list of all the magic words used in the book. What stories do you know that include one of these magic words? Discuss how those stories are similar to and different from this one.

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    Create a class book about spring. Take photos of signs of spring in your area, at different times. Write sentences in a similar style to this text. Include magic words. Decide the order in which the pages should go.

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