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And Then It's Spring (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)) Hardcover – February 14, 2012
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Simple. Mostly about the illustrations, to me.
I will use this in my classroom (if I teach K or 1) with extended reading activities.
A boy, his dog, his turtle, a rabbit, and various assorted birds go out on a day that wavers between blue and gray skies. Says the book, "First you have brown, all around you have brown." Armed with a wagon of seeds the boy sets about planting each one systematically, burying them under little mounds of dirt. The sun and the rain come but there is no green to be seen. A week passes and the boy worries about the seeds and whether or not they've been eaten by birds or crushed by bears. Another week passes and another until one day the brown is all gone, "and now you have green, all around you have green." And there, pushing through the earth, the seedlings make their debut.Read more ›
This book has simple words and beautiful illustrations. It is great for a read aloud in March in parts of the country that are patiently awaiting spring. The illustrations are cute. The boy is adorable with his glasses and his magnifying glass. There is a sweet dog, tortoise, and rabbit on every page. My favorite is when the tortoise sits on its tail. There is one page where it says "And the brown, still brown, has a greenish hum that you can only hear if you put your ear to the ground an close you eyes." On that page, you can see into the ground. You can see worms and ants making paths, mice sleeping or popping up to see what's going on. Above ground, the boy and the rabbit are listening to the ground. You can also see the roots growing deeper and deeper. While reading this to children, it is great to slow down and look at the pictures.
Just like in real life, the last page is an instant green. I always marvel in the fact that it seems to turn green overnight. This wonderful picture book portrays that perfectly. Overall a perfectly sweet, simple book showing spring appearing at just the right time!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very nice book and explains the change of seasons to children five and up so they can understand it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Katewin Peterson
I met this author personally at a read-aloud at our local library and fell in love! This book is adorable and the Julie is super sweet. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christina
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 18 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 18 months ago by JAR
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 19 months ago by JennaRuth