The Song of Spring sat behind Hungry Bunny in the Spring/Easter display and since I did not want to head back to work right away, I took a minute with it.
Hendrik Jonas’s book has a little interaction to it, which I thought tied it in nicely with Claudia Rueda’s book. This interaction of saying the sounds of the animals you encounter is a bit more traditional than the actual moving of the other book. But you still will be having the child listener partake in the story as well.
Overall this story is a sweet story about if you sing your own song the right friend(s) will come along. But I did not have any “OMG!” moments. The story has been done before which is our young bird friend, unlike the other birds, cannot remember their special song to find a special friend. So, they oink and moo and meow, etc. having other animals come along. Finally, they hear an odd sound that they explore and find something special: another bird who is having a little trouble with their song as well. The more sophisticated reader will think of the saying, “Raise your weird flag so others like you can find it.”
Hendrik Jonas does have some fun artwork. There are a lot of colors and details. They are engaging and move the story along. They are realistic with a bit of fanciful to them. If anything, they are stronger than the actual text. I could see them on stationary or even prints for a nursery.