Monday, April 07, 2008

Little Signs that Spring is near

When we returned home 3 days ago I could see no signs of Spring. I had fully expected that the snow would all be gone and the grass would have begun its transformation from brown to green. I was sorely disappointed. The nature table still displayed our Queen winter, snow people and a blanket of snow. Zoe's book basket in her reading nook was filled with books about deep WInter life and our porch still loaded with Winter sporting goods. This had to be changed.

I decided that the Nature table was the place to begin the gentle transformation to Spring, a gentle reminder that it was time indeed....It is still a work in progress but here is the start...Mother Earth gently waking her sleeping (the story of the) Root children. Oh, how we love this book. Pure magic! I think it must be my all time favorite book.

Do you have an all time fav? Please share them in the comments section.

I am also working on this needle felted bulb baby that I got last year!

Next up was the book basket. It seems that Spring is the Season that we have fewest books for....Maybe because it always seems so short. These books are in the basket today

Spring Thaw (Hardcover)
by Steven Schnur (Author), Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)

Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Arthur Dorros. Zoe really enjoys this series of early science books.

Spring's Sprung by Lynn Plourde (Author), Greg Couch (Illustrator) Though I do not love this book anywhere near as much as Wild Child by the same authors.

Pelle's New Suit (Hardcover) by Elsa Beskow

What are your favorite Spring books?

We also have a bird basket but more about this one in a follow up post.

Another sign that Spring is close is that Zoe's adventure basket is ready sporting flashlights, compasses, a loupe, a variety magnifying glasses, binoculars. And her rainclothes are out and ready to be worn at a moments notice. "Mama I think my camera will need fresh batteries soon" she said as she packed up her basket. She is not the only one itching to be outside. I guess it is time for me to pack my adventure basket too.....field books, art supplies, journals and camera.

1 comment:

pat chair said...

hi there - glad you are home safe and sound. I like the spring equinox by Ellen Jackson and Hurray for Spring by Patricia Hubbell. It is very spring here in NJ although I thin kwe are behind this year as it has been cold. But we have daffodils, tulips, forsythia and the trees are ready to pop. I even saw some dandelions blooming last week. love