Well, I do believe that spring has come.

I hate to tell you about a book that begins with winter, but stay with me. “Little Pear Tree” by Jenny Bowers is a delightful look at the four seasons and unfortunately begins with winter.

This is a board book for the little ones with lots of sturdy flaps to lift and great words to talk about. We follow Little Pear Seed from resting under the ground waiting to sprout to the next winter when it again goes to rest. It grows an awful lot in one year, but a little one will not be disturbed about that. It would be neat to have a flowering tree in the yard or neighborhood to watch as the year goes by.

“Miss Maple’s Seeds” by Eliza Wheeler tells a story of an unusual lady who all summer long collects orphan seeds.

These are the seeds which for some reason did not grow. In her tree trunk house, she nurtures each seed, washing it and planting it in “beds” to rest and wait until the next spring. She takes them on field trips to see where they are going to “go to grow” and advises them about growing conditions.

Over the long, cold winter, she and her little animal friends share food, fun and stories as the seeds rest and wait. The spring rains come and make the soil ready for planting. With her lovely bluebird “planes” and her “leaf” hot air balloons, she sends her “babies” out to find their new homes.

Each one is sent in the way it was intended, and she rests for a while. Then she heads out to find the new group of orphans. She makes us remember that every tree or plant comes from a little seed.

Seeds, of course, lead to plants. And plants are vital to our survival. In “Plants Feed Me,” by Lizzy Rockwell, we learn about how they “work.”

We begin with learning about planting and growing and go on to find out what parts of different plants we eat. Sometimes we eat the leaves, sometimes the stems, sometimes the root and sometimes all of the plant in one way or another.

Bulbs, flowers, seeds and fruits are on the “edible” list. We see what seeds are for and explore all kinds as we grow.

I knew that giant pumpkins were a fun activity, but until I read “How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?” by Wendell Minor, I did not realize all of the fun things they do with them.

Mr. Minor compares the giant pumpkins with other giant things in our great country. We see them made into boats for a boat race. We see a giant blue ox with Paul Bunyan, a lighthouse and a pumpkin hot air balloon. They are compared with all kinds of features, but the funniest for me is a “carved” pumpkin joining the presidents at Mount Rushmore.