When The Root Children Wake Up by Audrey Wood

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Complimented with Ned Bittinger's stunning illustrations, best-selling author Audrey Wood's new version of a timeless classic is the perfect read aloud for this spring and gift all year round.

When Old Grandfather Winter disappears into his ice palace high in the mountains, Young Robin chirps her wake-up song to the Root Children deep underground. "Wake up," she sings. "It's time for the masquerade!"

Right away, the Root children set to work sewing their flowering costumes, and painting bugs with rainbows until they sparkle like jewels. Then, they frolic out into the world in a joyous chorus of color and song. They sing and dance through summer. But all good things must come to an end, and as the frosty autumn winds blow away the leaves and flowers, the Root Children must return to their underground bed with gentle Mother Earth.


About Audrey Wood

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Don and Audrey Wood have been an award-winning team for over 25 years. “When our son, Bruce, wasvery young, the best part of the day for my wife, Audrey, and me was reading him his bedtime picturebooks….That's when I fell in love with children's literature and decided to illustrate, and occasionallywrite, children's books,” says Don, who grew up on his family's farm in California. Audrey grew up in afamily of artists and is a fourth-generation artist.Together, Don and Audrey created their first picture book in 1976. Since then, they have collaborated onseveral award-winning picture books, including the Caldecott Honor book, King Bidgood's in the Bathtub.For more information about Don and Audrey Wood, visit: scholastic.com/tradebooks or audreywood.com
Published January 1, 2002 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In both, the boy Root Children do the painting, the girl Root Children make the clothing, and they come to the earth to do their job, which is to become a profusion of plants, flowers, and grasses.

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Wood's retelling of the story finds Young Robin Redbreast awakening Mother Earth's brood in early spring and follows the Root Children through their annual "masquerade"—a frolic through the seasons with Aunt Spring, Cousin Summer and Uncle Fall—until it's time for them to return once again to the...

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