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Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2007
This story starts out with Blue and Steve getting ready to head off for the spring fair. As they do, Periwinkle shows up. He's bored and thinks there's nothing to do. Steve thinks it's a great spring day, but Periwinkle wonders what's so great about spring. He gets invited to the spring fair. He wonders if there'll be a magic show. Steve says that he's not sure, but there'll be plenty of other fun stuff to do.
As it turns out, the spring fair is pretty fun. There are various booths, including a lemonade stand, and the first one that they visit, a leaf-printing booth (run by Magenta.) Along the way, we also search for eggs. Blue, Steve and Periwinkle also dress up as animals and plant seeds. Though there is no magic show, Periwinkle has a lot of fun anyway.
A bright and lively "Blue's Clues" story fitting the season it portrays. This one has added fun of seeing the characters dressed up in costumes. Steve looks particularly funny in bunny ears.
Regarding political correctness, "Blue's Clues" has had plenty of stories in which it refers to holidays by name. Easter is not referred to as Easter in this book because the events do not occur at Easter. Steve, Blue and Periwinkle attend a spring fair, nothing more, nothing less.
My daughter is a fan of Blue's Clues, among other nick shows. We bought this with another book as a present for Easter since she loves books. It's not anywhere near any pre-schooler reading level but she loves being read to.
The story goes that Steve and Blue go to a Spring Fair together with their friend, Periwinkle. They participate in an Egg Hunt and visit various Spring Stalls like the leaf-printing booth and the Spring Hat booth. The illustrations in the book are fantastic. My daughter enjoys finding the eggs everywhere; up in a tree, in a watering can, behind Blue's paw and so many other places. She always laughs at the eggs being in strange places like up in the tree. She also enjoys finding the snail and butterfly throughout the book.
Altogether, it's a fantastic book for any Blue's Clues fan or for any fan of books too.
My child loves Blue's Clues and this book was in his age frame, but this selection didn't work well for us. The artwrok and story-line were great. The problem was in the length of the book, I'm not sure that there are many pre-schoolers that would sit still long enough to finish this book. I have attempted to read to several children, most of whom could not finish it. I think once my child matures a little more, it will be a better fit though. There is the great opportunity for parents to take the wonderful artwork and put the story in less verbose terms for there kids. In order to make the book enjoyable for my child, that what was necessary for us.
Steven takes Blue and Periwinkle into town where they get to go to a Spring fair. They take part in several activities including making painted leaf prints and an egg hunt. Fun book but It bothers me so much that these kids books have to be so politically correct that they cannot call it an "Easter egg hunt". I mean, at what other time of year do children hunt for eggs?