Fresh Reads: And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

No doubt about it–spring is in the air! To be fair, we never had much of a winter, but still, there’s plenty to get excited about. One of those things is this fantastic book, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E. Stead (of A Sick Day for Amos McGee fame).

And Then It’s Spring opens on a barren brown landscape. But a small, hopeful boy and his faithful dog plant a tiny seed in the earth. And wait. And wait and wait and wait, until the rains come and a green hum can be felt vibrating through the dirt. Gradually, the brown becomes less and less brown, and then one day, an explosion of green is waiting, ready to be played in!

Fogliano’s gentle, lyrical text is graceful and poetic, full of the anticipation of waiting and hoping. Stead’s illustrations are, true to form, both grounded and whimsical, capturing the realism of the cold, brown earth as well as the fanciful curve of fledgling spring clouds. There’s plenty to investigate in the artwork, too–woodland animals join our hero as he waits for his seeds to blossom, and their various interactions on each spread provide their own wordless story that children will want to revisit over and over.

This is a lovely, sweet tale to share with your family as you welcome the warmth of spring!

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Erin E. Stead; Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan); 16.99; Ages 3-6

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