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When The Earth Wakes
By Ani Rucki

Review by: Christa J Koch
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           When the Earth Wakes is a beautiful story about how the seasons change throughout the year while the pictures focus on a mother bear and her cub. The poetic text never mentions the bears. The story starts "When the earth wakes in the spring..." and continues to explain how the earth takes care of her self. The seasons are explained as if it was a long day. A time frame a preschooler can better understand and relate to, then a year. The earth starts out her day, by throwing "off her snowy blankets." Summer is represented as midday. "She is wide awake and full of life." Autumn is represented by late evening, "The earth becomes drowsy". Winter is when she sleeps and "and dreams until spring." This story is so elegantly told. Any child is sure to love it.

The illustrations for this story are simple and beautiful. They were created using colored pencils on black paper for a rich if dark effect and works in lots of large details, good for pointing out to children. The text is bold and easy to read.

I highly recommend this book for preschool children age 2 and up.

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