Cover image for Lily and Trooper's spring
Lily and Trooper's spring
Spetter, Jung-Hee, 1969-
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Uniform Title:
Lentekriebels. English
First American edition.
Publication Information:
Asheville, N.C. : Front Street, Lemniscaat, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
A little girl and her dog spend a spring day outdoors with the birds, cows, sheep, pigs, and ducks.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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In the first book of the series, Lily and Trooper wake to the sounds of birds singing. It must be spring. What better way to celebrate than a picnic breakfast? Suddenly a cow surprises them, sending them scurrying up a tree. Later, they swing a little too high, fall off, and land in a group of very surprised sheep! The sheep lead to pigs, which lead to mud, which leads to a mother duck and her ducklings. Finally it's time for a warm bath and bed.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 1^-4. Lily and her dog, Trooper, spend a spring day outside in this very simple picture book, originally published in the Netherlands. Bright, clear full-page paintings show the child and her pet enjoying their picnic, until a cow ("Moooo!") grabs the tablecloth, upsets the food, and sends them running. They fall from a swing onto a sheep, that dumps them into the mud ("Sploosh! Yuck!"), where some pink pigs join them. Finally, they bathe and crawl into bed, clean and snug. Young preschoolers will enjoy the cozy mess and silly farce. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

A girl and her dog on a picnic have several run-ins with barnyard animals. A cow pulls away the picnic cloth; a pig objects when Lily wants to hold a piglet. The accommodating dog climbs a tree on command, rides a sheep and sits on the girl's lap as she swings. But the whimsy feels forced, and the text reveals little that's childlike about Lily herself. Spetter's (Just a Minute!) illustrations use color lushly: the backgrounds are sumptuous streaks of paint, the foregrounds show the girl and the animals on flattened planes. Even with the assertive handling of paint, there's not enough of a raison d'ˆtre here for a book, much less a series: Lily and Trooper's Summer will also arrive in April ($8.95 -37-5), with Fall and Winter planned to follow. Ages 1-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-In the first title, Lily and her dog, Trooper, spend a spring day picnicking and making the acquaintance of a cow, a few sheep, some pigs, and a family of ducks. Several mishaps, including landing in a mud puddle, require them to clean up three times before bedtime. In the second book, the pair go to the beach, pick flowers, and play ball. Each single-page illustration has one line of text beneath it, often only single-word exclamations. The vibrant artwork reveals objects and figures outlined in black in front of swirling, flowing backgrounds of thickly applied paint. The bright colors will attract children but they may be put off by the uneven, choppy wording. These books, which were originally published in the Netherlands, read more like a series of vignettes than stories and have the tone of an album with brief descriptive phrases for each picture. For more entertaining seasonal books about a child and beloved pet, turn to Cynthia Rylant's Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble (S & S, 1996) and Henry and Mudge in the Green Time (Bradbury, 1987).-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.