And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano
Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Winter is loosening its grip and outdoors everything is brown. A boy and his dog (and a rabbit and a turtle) head out carrying a bag of seeds. And then they wait. They wait for rain and sun. "And it is still brown, but a hopeful, very possible sort of brown." And they wait a bit more, looking for any sign of green. They worry about the little seeds and what could have happened to them to keep them from growing. Wait some more. And then it's spring.
And Then It's Spring is delightful, lyrical, and sweet. It's about patience and dedication. It reminded me of one of my favorite picture books, The Carrot Seed, and that's a really good thing. The illustrations by the Caldecott Medal winner Erin E. Stead are gorgeous and feel as delicate as the little seeds fighting to bring the green into the picture. Can't wait to share it in the classroom. Just beautiful!