"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 a baby bird is born, ice shatters, and flowers burst forth.
John Shelley's illustrations celebrate the season in a burst of color, as the woods transform from a moonlit winter wonderland to a wonderfully bright floral scene."