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All over the northern hemisphere it is spring, traditionally the time for the ousting of the old to make place for the new. Celebrate the end of the cold with 10 gems from our catalog.

When, if not now, is the right time to start a Flower Garden? Ida D. Bennett explains all you need to know – from the right soil and fertiliser, to how to grow seeds in window boxes.

In The Enchanted Castle: Fairy Tales from Flowerland, we hear little stories of Spring and what happens when the flowers bloom again, collected for children by Hartwell James.

You don’t have to go far to find exciting stories, rural scenes, and interesting animals, as John Burroughs prooves in his book on natural history, Nature Near Home and Other Papers.

Springtime inspires a young chuck to travel and find a new home. Read about The Adventures of Johnny Chuck in the book by Thornton W. Burgess – especially the one where little Johnny falls in love…

Love – and sex – are the main themes of The Awakening of Spring. Frank Wedekind heavily criticises 19th century Germany in his play, focusing on sexual oppression and the fantasies this breeds.

No fantasy is the sudden appearance of Ben and his dog at a morning tea party Under the Lilacs of Bab and Betty. Read about how the young circus runaway changes their lives in the book by Louisa May Alcott.

The late spring of 218 saw the beginning of the second Punic war. Hannibal set out from Carthage towards Rome – and with a huge army and 37 elephants he crossed the alps. The biography of the great general by Jacob Abbott will tell you the details.

Conrad Aiken
knows the desolation and loss brought upon people by war. He wrote Nocturne of Remembered Spring and Other Poems in 1915 at the height of the First World War.

He is only a small part of a little display for Easter, but still, in Laura Lee Hope’s Story of a Candy Rabbit, he has many exciting adventures with the children he was given to.

Do Lotus Blossom, Our Little Japanese Cousin, and her little brother Taro celebrate Easter as well? Learn about the traditional lives of the Japanese in the little book by Mary H. B. Wade.

Enjoy – and watch the blossoming!


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