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And Then Its Spring by Julie Fogliano

Rolling Readers Space Coast, Inc. Commentary:

Spring is in the air! Every year people across America become excited in anticipation of the change of season from winter to spring. Looking for signs starts in March each year, especially after the time changes to give us longer days, the rain begins to fall, and the extended hours of sunlight warm the ground in northern states. While winter likes to hold on a bit longer in some areas of the country, many will begin to see the transformations occur signaling ‘spring is in the air’ – leaves begin growing and turning green, flowers start to peek out in many different colorful variations all around, and birds build their nests in anticipation of raising their young. There are many, many books available about, or related to, the change in seasons, especially the move into spring. We chose to highlight and then it’s spring written by Julie Fogliano, and illustrated by Erin E. Stead because of its common core connections. Recipient of The Washington Post‘s Best Kids Books of 2012, Amazon Best Book of the Month for Kids, February 2012 and one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Children’s Books of 2012, it is a cheerful story about a boy and his dog who are tired of the bleakness of winter and decide to plant a garden in anticipation of spring. The illustrator, who received the 2011 Caldecott Medal, brings the story to life with her clear and colorful pictures. It is easily read by and to children and readers can readily relate to the characters’ desires for spring to come.


PreK (with support) to Gr3 Review:

Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, February 2012and then it’s spring pays homage to the hopefulness and anticipation that accompanies planting the first seeds of spring in the dark soil of winter–waiting, checking, waiting, wondering if the first green shoots will ever come and imagining all the things that could have gone wrong for those little seeds. Then one day spring is suddenly, gloriously, here–replacing the brown with shades of green happiness. Illustrations by 2011 Caldecott Medalist Erin Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee) match the graceful simplicity of the text, capturing the emotion of the characters and expanding the story with whimsical details. —Seira Wilson

From Booklist:

*Starred Review* 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. After the winter, “you have brown, all around you have brown,” but small hints of spring, like red robins and rain, hold promise. A young boy, joined by his dog companion, plants seeds, each labeled with a picture of carrots or sunflowers or peas. But as much as they wait, hope, and examine the dirt with a magnifying glass, there’s no green to be found. Fogliano’s simple, tender text has a solemn tone, which perfectly reflects the anticipatory state of the boy and his animal friends. The woodblock and pencil illustrations give life to animals so expressive and endearing it hurts, and the layout—a mixture of full-bleed spreads and white-bordered vignettes—paces the story well. A two-spread fantasy in the middle of the story—in which the boy imagines birds pecking at the seeds or bears stomping on them—is smile-inducing, particularly a scene of a befuddled bear with a planter on his head. But what’s most fun to notice throughout are the small, subtle details on each page. It’s not easy to wait . . . and wait . . . but children, like the boy, may realize that patience often yields big rewards. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fans of A Sick Day for Amos McGee—and award-watchers, in general—will be eagerly anticipating this, Stead’s first children’s book since winning the 2011 Caldecott Medal. —Ann Kelley

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Other Books about Spring:

Spring by Ailie Busby

Summary: “There’s something special about each season of the year, wherever we live in the world. Follow the children in this book as they discover and explore the unique character of spring, through indoor and outdoor play. Sensory, detailed and child-centred, this is the perfect introduction for young children to the cycles of the year.”

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Spring by Moira Butterworth

Summary: “An introduction to the season of spring, including scientific facts, springtime celebrations around the world, and ways to look for signs of spring’s arrival.”

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Springtime Surprises! Things To Make And Do by Judith Conaway

Summary: This book has fun activities and crafts inside. “Instructions for things to make to celebrate spring, such as a butterfly mobile or milk carton birdhouse.”

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