And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano

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Following 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 . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.


Julie Fogliano's tender story of anticipation is brought to life by the distinctive illustrations Erin E. Stead, recipient of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.


And Then It's Spring is one The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012.

One of Kirkus Reviews' Best Children's Books of 2012

 

About Julie Fogliano

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Julie Fogliano has spent her entire life reading children's books. Now she stays up way too late writing her own books while eating cereal. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their three children. They make her very tired, but give her lots of good ideas. This is her second book. Her first was the New York Times bestseller And Then It's Spring, which received five starred reviews. Erin E. Stead first met Julie Fogliano while working together in a New York City bookstore. Today she lives in a 100-year-old barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, Philip, who is an author and illustrator, and with whom she created A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal, as well as Bear has a Story to Tell. She also illustrated Julie Fogliano's And Then It's Spring. Erin created the illustrations for this book using woodblock printing techniques and pencil.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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A boy plants seeds in late winter's brown, barren earth and vigilantly watches for green sprouts alongside his companions (a dog, turtle, rabbit and bird).

Jan 31 2012 | Read Full Review of And Then It's Spring

Publishers Weekly

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In an understated and intimate partnership, Fogliano and Stead conjure late winter doldrums and the relief of spring’s arrival, well worth the wait.

Dec 22 2016 | Read Full Review of And Then It's Spring

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Pale blue sky and tawny drabs flood Stead’s block-print-and-pencil images, which yield not a sprout until the closing spread, “and now you have green,/ all around you have green.” In an understated and intimate partnership, Fogliano and Stead conjure late winter doldrums and the relief of s...

Dec 19 2011 | Read Full Review of And Then It's Spring

Common Sense Media

At one point, he puts his ear to the dirt and expresses his hope and belief in the seeds' unseen growth, as "the brown, still brown, has a greenish hum that you can only hear if you put your ear to the ground and close your eyes."

Feb 14 2012 | Read Full Review of And Then It's Spring

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AND THEN IT'S SPRING begins with a boy and his dog in a brown landscape -- \"all around you have brown.\" Then the boy plants seeds, rain comes, and they wait for the seeds to grow into vegetables and flowers, worrying that the seeds might be disrupted by birds ...

Mar 05 2015 | Read Full Review of And Then It's Spring

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I can see And Then It's Spring being a book young children will enjoy hearing again and again, both for the story and for all of the whimsical details in Stead's illustrations.

Jan 20 2016 | Read Full Review of And Then It's Spring

Shelf Awareness

A standout spread demonstrates “the brown,/ still brown” with its “greenish hum/ that you can only hear/ if you put your ear to the ground/ and close your eyes.” The child and rabbit press their ears to the earth, while readers watch subterranean mice, ants and earthworms on the move.

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The Horn Book

“First you have brown, / all around you have brown / then there are seeds / and a wish for rain, / and then it rains / and it is still brown, / but a hopeful, very possible sort of brown…” Fogliano’s poetic yet grounded narrative is reminiscent of Charlotte Zolotow’s picture-book texts in its und...

Feb 01 2012 | Read Full Review of And Then It's Spring

Bookalicious

Following 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.

Apr 26 2012 | Read Full Review of And Then It's Spring

Great Kid Books

I have been waiting and waiting to share this book ever since it took my breath away the first time I read it last summer. It was released last week, and already people are talking about it. It is truly special.

Feb 21 2012 | Read Full Review of And Then It's Spring

Children's Books Guide

‘and then it’s spring’ is a lovely tale written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E.

Feb 29 2012 | Read Full Review of And Then It's Spring

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