And Then It's Spring (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)) Hardcover – Picture Book, 14 February 2012
Hardcover, Picture Book
“Green is what the bespectacled boy in Julie Fogliano's 'And Then It's Spring' eagerly hopes to see as he waits for seeds he has planted to sprout from the brown earth. Did birds eat the seeds? Did bears trample them? In Erin E. Stead's finely drawn illustrations, we see the imagined bears lounging in the seedbeds with a sign that reads: 'Please do not stomp here--there are seeds and they are trying.'” ―The Wall Street Journal
“This seemingly real-time experience of getting to green is a droll, wistful ode to the stamina behind wanting, will, and perseverance.” ―School Library Journal, Starred
“In an understated and intimate partnership, Fogliano and Stead conjure late winter doldrums and the relief of spring's arrival, well worth the wait.” ―Publishers Weekly, Starred
“This sweet seedling will undoubtedly take root and thrive. ” ―Kirkus, Starred
“Fogliano's poetic yet grounded narrative is reminiscent of Charlotte Zolotow's picture-book texts in its understatement and straightforward, childlike observations…As for the illustrations, there's no sophomore slump for Stead: her second book is even better than her 2011 Caldecott winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee (rev. 5/10).” ―Horn Book Magazine, Starred
“A first-time author and the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011) team up in this beautiful ode to a patient gardener.” ―Booklist, Starred
“…a humble yet miraculous world…” ―BCCB
About the Author
Erin E. Stead has illustrated several children's books with her husband, Philip C. Stead. Their first picture book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, won the Caldecott Medal. She has also illustrated And Then It's Spring (written by Julie Fogliano) and contributed to Eric Carle's What's Your Favorite Animal? The Steads divide their time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City.
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- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press; Illustrated edition (14 February 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1596436247
- ISBN-13 : 978-1596436244
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years
- Item Weight : 381 g
- Dimensions : 22.25 x 1.09 x 27.36 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #695,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The writing is spare, but not one word is out of place, and there is not a cliche in sight. The idea of "the brown" that "has a greenish hum that you can only hear if you put your ear to the ground" is one of my favourite lines in the book. Then Stead's interpretation of what the bears who cannot read signs are doing with the signs is just funny.
On the surface, it can be summed up as a book about a boy who plants some seeds and then waits for them to grow. However, it is about much more than that. Kudos.
Nice job, ladies!