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The Song of Spring

Written by Hendrik Jonas

Illustrated by Hendrik Jonas

Books for Babies and Toddlers Featured Books for 3+ readers

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2019

Full of fun, this is a charming story about friendship and how we find it. All birds find their friends, and their mates, by singing their own special song of spring. But one bird can’t remember the song he should be singing! When he tries, all kinds of unexpected sounds come out. First it’s a woof, then it’s a moo and an oink and a hee-haw and a meow! The little bird has lots of new friends but not the special one that he really wants. Luckily, there’s another little bird out there who can’t remember her song either. When all is resolved the little birds have each other and their lovely new friends too! Witty illustrations capture the little bird’s predicament and journey to happiness.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for March 2019:

Song of Spring by Hendrik Jonas

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Watership Down Gift Picture Storybook by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Grandpa Bert and the Ghost Snatchers by Malorie Blackman

The Song of Spring Synopsis

It's spring and everywhere birds are calling out to each other. 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, Baa, 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's clever illustrations grow increasingly crowded. The result is a beautiful celebration of friendship that will delight young children everywhere.

The Song of Spring Press Reviews

Jonas renders the animals with expressive eyes, streaky color lines, and collage elements. Along with the cast of kind barnyard animals, readers will enthusiastically take part in this gentle readaloud, in which the work of finding one's voice can also mean finding friends.  -Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9783791373799
Publication date: 04/03/2019
Publisher: Prestel
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9783791373799
Publication date: 4th March 2019
Author: Hendrik Jonas
Illustrator: Hendrik Jonas
Publisher: Prestel
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 42 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Hendrik Jonas

Hendrik Jonas is a Berlin-based illustrator whose work has appeared in the The Times and The Guardian. This is his third book for children. Hendrik Jonas (c)Kerstin Stelter.jpg

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