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“and then it’s spring” by Julie Fogliano – review by Carol Chamberlain

and then it’s spring

by Julie Fogliano

 

This engaging story begins in the time just before spring, when all is brown outside and nothing seems to be green.  A young boy and his dog look out at all the brown around them and decide to plant a garden.  They plant seeds in the ground and wish for rain.  Then it rains, and they wait and wait for some sign of green.  Other animals join them along the way, each at its own spot in the garden.  They worry about the seeds and wonder if the birds or the bears have taken them, and they wait.  At last, one day they hear “a greenish hum that you can only hear if you put your ear to the ground and close your eyes.”  Amusingly, the underground creatures (the worms, the ants, the mice in their burrows) are listening, too.  Will it be spring soon?

and then it’s spring is beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Erin Stead.  I found that my eyes lingered on each page to see the artful detail in every creature, and the subtle humor throughout.  A lovely book about anticipation, it is simply told and gently captures the feelings of hope and longing for spring.

Review by Carol Chamberlain

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