Book Review: and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
This book is a treasure. I love everything about it. The sparse, expressive text that reads like a poem. The soft illustrations full of humor and emotion. The little boy who waits patiently for the seeds he has planted to change the brown to green. And his friendly entourage – a bunny, a turtle, and a dog whose expressions somehow capture a new emotion with each turn of the page. I was so happy to read this book a day after complaining about the muddy footprints my son spread through the house. It was a gentle reminder that when you are wishing for the green of Spring, first you must have brown. Brown with “a greenish hum that you can only hear if you put your ear to the ground and close your eyes.” I read this book to all of my kids tonight (ages 11, 9, 7, and 4) and they all thoroughly enjoyed it.