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*Favorite Little Golden Books for Springtime* by Golden Books
Favorite Little Golden Books for Springtime
by Golden Books
Ages 3-5 24 pages Golden Books January 2013 Hardcover    

The five books in this box set focus on spring.

Baby Farm Animals (illustrated by Garth Williams) features fifteen young animals. The two to four sentences that appear on each page contain information pertaining to the animals’ behavior, home, or name (piglet/puppy/calf). While the illustrations are realistic in style, a few pages contain dialogue, “That rabbit has been up to some mischief,” says the brown guinea pig.

Where Do Giggles Come From? (written by Diane Muldrow, illustrated by Anne Kennedy) also features baby animals. In this rhyming book, they are often seen interacting in loving ways with their parents. These cartoon-styled moms and dads love to make their children laugh.
“You giggle when we play ‘piggy toes,’ as well as hide-and-seek. You giggle when I count to ten and promise not to peek!”
The Little Red Hen (illustrated by J.P. Miller) is a classic tale about planting a grain of wheat, but it also teaches children about the importance of helping others.

Two Little Gardeners (written by Margaret Wise Brown and Edith Thacher Hurd, illustrated by Gertrude Elliott) is the most lengthy in text. The story is about a young boy and girl who grow a vegetable garden. They share in the workload at all stages, from weeding to harvesting. A music sheet for the poem entitled Full as a Fiddle can be found on the last page.

In Home for a Bunny (written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Garth Williams), a brown rabbit searches the forest for a suitable place to live. He questions a robin, a frog and a groundhog about their homes, but each has its disadvantages. It’s not until he meets a white rabbit that the brown bunny finds a welcoming, cozy place to call home. The repetition and rhyme of the text makes this story a fast read-aloud.

Each of these book is attractive in design, but a couple of the illustrations fall into the gutter of the book, obscuring the view of a character or background. If the book is open wide, this isn’t too much of a problem.

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