And then its spring book
And Then It's Spring Book ReviewFollowing a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they've had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait. Julie Fogliano's tender story of anticipation is brought to life by the distinctive illustrations Erin E. Stead, recipient of the Caldecott Medal. Did birds eat the seeds?
The boy is worried, but when he puts his ear to the ground and closes his eyes he can hear a greenish hum. How satisfying it is when his diligence is rewarded, his hopes fulfilled, and he is surrounded by green at last. Erin E. Stead's gentle lines and soft colors take us through that always impatient waiting time when the promise of spring is everywhere but where you are That period when winter coats are put away, replaced by rain gear, and finally by short sleeve tee-shirts. She captures both the patience and the terribly-long watchful waiting, with simple expressions and body attitude. And when spring comes, we see the boy kicking up his feet in a joyful tire-swing surrounded by shoots of vegetables and just-blossoming flowers. It is an experience every child knows, and one we keep close even when we grow up.