About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, December 15, 2022

The Smell of Spring by Mary Ann Hake

The Smell of SpringABOUT THE BOOK

A fresh sensation fills the air. What is this strange new smell out there?

Join April, a blind girl, in this charming rhyming picture book as she discovers the wonderful—and not-so-wonderful—smells of spring and answers questions like, “Does rain really have a smell?”

The Smell of Spring shows children how we experience the world around us through the sense of smell. Kids will enjoy her many interesting pets and have fun with the activities at the end using the sense of smell.


'The world now smells so clear and clean, A special scent---the smell of spring.'

In this heartwarming book, Mary A. Hake shares a little blind girl's discovery of the many smells that occur in Spring. The sweet smells of flowers and spring rain, the strong smell of a dirty wet dog, and oh my, the horrid odor that only a skunk can produce! This little girl may not be able to see these things, but she can still imagine what they are like. through her special sense of smell.

I've learned, as a former librarian, that children are especially drawn to colorful illustrations and rhyming text, and both of these are featured in Hake's story. The Smell of Spring will surely appeal to a child's sense of hearing and seeing and it will hopefully create an understanding of those who may not enjoy some of these senses. I enjoyed this sweet story that reminded me how blessed I have been!

I received a complimentary digital copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 



Mary Ann Hake has loved learning, reading, and writing for as long as she can remember. She has been scribbling stories and poems since she first learned to write and has published hundreds of stories, articles, poems, puzzles, devotions, and more for both children and adults plus written hundreds of book reviews. She loved working in a bookstore and as a librarian and enjoyed reading to children at story times and conducting summer reading programs. She has also taught writing to children and at writers’ conferences. In addition to writing, she continues to work as a freelance editor.  To learn more about updates on future books or to sign up for activities for children, visit her Website     Facebook    Instagram

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