The Song of Spring and New York Day & Night
The Song of Spring
Written and Illustrated by Hendrik Jonas
It’s spring and everywhere birds are calling out to each other in The Song of Spring by Hendrik Jonas. But one bird has forgotten which sound to make. He tries “Woof,” and meets a dog, who encourages him to try “Oink,” with the expected result. Moo, Hee-Haw, Meh, Meow—each successive call adds another animal friend to the page. Will the young bird find another bird friend? As young readers are introduced to each type of animal and their sounds, Hendrik Jonas’ clever illustrations grow increasingly crowded. The result is a beautiful celebration of friendship that will delight young children everywhere.
HENDRIK JONAS is a Berlin-based illustrator whose work has appeared in The Times and The Guardian. This is his third book for children.
My Review of The Song of Spring
The Song of Spring is a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book that children everywhere will enjoy. The message of friendship shines through the book, and even the littlest of listeners will love the little bird’s attempt to find a friend.
New York Day & Night
Written by Aurélie Pollet and Illustrated by Vincent Bergier
Sometimes your eyes can play tricks on you, especially in the dark. This enchanting picture book shows how New York City can look quite peculiar at night. Each brightly colored spread is overlaid with a sheet of translucent blue paper and when lifted, voilà! A space ship and Martian become The Guggenheim, a giant serpent is actually the subway, King Kong’s jungle turns into Central Park, and a superhero takes on the shape of a construction worker. Exhilarating and captivating, all the scenes are easily switched between day and night and New York Day & Night will take the reader on a unique journey that lets imaginations run wild while revealing that some things at night aren’t as scary as they seem.
VINCENT BERGIER is a French illustrator and musician. He lives in Paris, France.
My review of New York Day & Night
Kids love interactive books, and they will love lifting the blue paper that represents night to reveal the daytime sights in New York. You’ll love that you can use this book to show your child that the things in the dark that seem scary aren’t so scary at all.
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