Spring is all about new life. What better way to show that to little readers than an adorable touch-and-feel board book? An Easter Prayer, by Amy Parker and illustrated by Alison Edgson, wonderfully captures this spirit.
Here on the edges of Lake Michigan, it seemed forever before the brown of spring gave way to the green of summer. Mortimer the Mouse, felt the same way, too. He longed for green, but was surrounded by so much brown. In Mortimer’s First Garden, by Karma Wilson, Mortimer learns that if he plants his last sunflower seed, it just might grow some green.
Growing up, we loved quoting Shakespeare, especially around the dinner table. The song of the witches in Macbeth is one of my favorites. Seriously, Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog. Too much fun. But when March comes around, Shakespeare’s famous line in Julius Caesar is what comes to mind: Beware the Ides of March.
Today is Maundy Thursday, the day Christians celebrate the Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples the evening before his death. It is one day in the midst of a series of holy days surrounding the holiday we know as Easter. In my study of cultures and traditions, I have found that understanding the traditions that surround a holiday can often add more meaning and appreciation to the event. Easter is a prime example.
One of my favorite things about living in the Midwest are the seasons. At the turn of each season, I get excited about the changes coming in the weather. Then, two months in, I’m ready for the next. It’s about that time of Winter, so that must mean Spring is coming!