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Crinkle, Crackle, CRACK
It's Spring!
by Marion Dane Bauer
John Shelley, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823429523 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Seasons
Recommendations: A, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RF.1.1, 2, 2b, 2d, 3, 3b, 3e, 4, 4a, 4c
RL.1.1-7, 9
SL.1.1, 1a-c, 2-6
L.1.1, 1c, 1d, 2, 2d, 2e, 4, 4a, 5, 5d
W.1.2, 3, 5, 6, 8

About the Book

Rap, bap, tap. Late one winter night, a boy wakes to strange noises. There's a bear in his yard! The bear leads him to a forest, where the snow has grown muddy and the trees have sprouted buds. The frost is melting—crinkle, crackle, CRACK. As they move deeper into the forest, the sounds grow louder. Rap, bap, tap, crunch, scrunch, crinkle, crackle, CRACK! In an explosion of spring, ice shatters, a baby bird is born, and flowers burst forth.

Newbery Medalist Marion Dane Bauer's rhythmic text combines with John Shelley's joyous illustrations that celebrate the season in a burst of color, as the woods transform from a moonlit winter wonderland to a wonderfully bright floral scene.


"Great for reading aloud and just right for springtime story hours, this is a fanciful version of how dramatic the change of season can sometimes seem."—Booklist

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Compare and contrast the seasons of winter and spring using words that describe things you hear, see, touch, smell and taste. RL.K-1.4

2. How does Bear know it is spring? Use evidence from the story. RL.K-1.1

3. Find examples of how author Marion Dane Bauer uses onomatopoeia (sound words) in the story. Find sounds that the words have in common. (Ex. Crinkle, crackle, crack all begin with the "cr" sound.) L.K-1.5, 5a, 5c / RF.3, 3a

4. Read CLICK! by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Compare and contrast the sound words from the two stories and how the authors use onomatopoeia. RL.K-1.1 / L.K-1.5a