Author: Sayre, April Pulley
Discover the magic-and the science-behind spring flower blooms.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/15/18)
School Library Journal (+) (12/01/18)
Booklist (+) (12/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2018 PreS-Gr 1—Vibrant, full-page photographs introduce young audiences to the beauty of an array of different flowers. The simple text begins with sprouting seeds and proceeds to show the growth of buds, stems, shoots, and blossoms. Along with the many plants, a variety of small animals are also included. From woodlands to deserts to meadows to forests, each flowering landscape is presented in total glory. The large format allows the images to shine and is perfect for group and lap reading. The repetition of "Bloom Boom" throughout also makes this ideal for read-alouds. Although neither the specific flowers nor their locations are identified within the main narrative, an appendix gives a more thorough explanation of the featured flora and provides some additional information which may be shared with young listeners. VERDICT A lovely, useful work to help acquaint children with the natural world, and an enriching selection for storytime.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/01/2018 *Starred Review* Award-winning author and photo-illustrator Sayre here reveals the diversity and splendor of flowering plants. Using examples from several different habitats, she offers succinct verses (spanning two or three spreads), illustrated with crisp-edged full-color photographs. For example, Every spring, across the land . . . / Seeds sprout. Stems pop out. / Bloom, boom! is illustrated with photos of several desert species: Canterbury bells, desert gold poppies, Arizona lupines, and golden chia. Other stanzas spotlight flowers found in meadows, woodlands, and home gardens, as well as flowering trees and pollinating animals. Each verse ends in the refrain Bloom, boom! (signifying an explosion of colorful flowers), except for the pollinator verse, which ends Welcome, birds and butterflies! The photos provide a mixture of colors and perspectives: close-ups of bees swerving around wild lupine precede a wide shot of Texas blue bonnets; and the book's final spread depicts a brilliant orange field of California poppies. This title works on multiple levels. The minimalist text, intriguing photos, and predictable refrain make this a perfect choice for preschool story hours. Likewise, the use of proper botanical terms (seeds, stems, leaves, stalks, bulbs, buds, blossoms, etc.) and generous appendixes (offering additional information about the habitats and species depicted) are ideal for primary science lessons. This bloom's a beauty. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.