Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, February 2012: and 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
*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. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ann KelleySee all Editorial Reviews
When K picked this book out I thought it would be more a good story getting us ready for Spring.
The book seemed dull to me and maybe that was because it wasn't brightly... Read more
Was a boring book. Yes you need to wait for the seeds to grow..... yes you need to have patience to wait for them to sprout.... let alone fruit or flower.... Read morePublished 7 months ago by ScotFlower
I bought this book because of reading her other book, "If you want to see a whale" which I fell in love with. The wording is very creative and imaginative in both stories. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James Albert Davis
I love this book.....more than my kids! It's beautiful, and feels like a snapshot of real life--lots of waiting and working through the dull winter to find the transformation that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JennaRuth
I really enjoyed the book, it's a little "slow" and "artsy" for the younger kids but I generally look for books that entertain me as well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by EJH
Oh my. This book is fabulous. The illustrations and sweet story of waiting for earth to awaken is just delightful! The whole family's new favorite.Published 15 months ago by Rebecca C.
After the long cold winter here,the book served as a reminder that sunshine eventually returns. Since we live in a rural area the preschool group I read the book to we're familiar... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mary J. Aschim
If spring hadn't come complete with a stupid glacier this year, this book would have made more sense. Read morePublished 16 months ago by treocyn
This book has a great concept. At the beginning everything is brown and the boy starts planting seeds, he watches the rain and builds a ring swing. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bianca Behrisch Chappell