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Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they've had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.

Julie Fogliano's tender story of anticipation is brought to life b
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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2013 Mock Caldecott
2nd out of 97 books — 235 voters
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Jeanette
A young boy has planted some seeds and fears something has gone wrong when nothing appears to be growing.

Loved the illustrations. Just loved them. My daughter loves them as well. She loves to sit and look at this book over and over again. The problem is she does not want me to read it to her. I read it once and ever since then every time I offer to read it again she says "Nah. I just like to look at the pictures."
So, frankly, the best thing that this book has going for it is being illustrated b
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Donalyn
A boy and his dog patiently wait for spring. Beautiful interplay between the simple text and detailed illustrations. I would like my favorite line on my classroom door, "Please do not stomp here-- there are seeds and they are trying."
Tamara
The most perfect kind of simple.

Favorite Quotes & Illustration

and the brown,
still brown, has a greenish hum
that you can only hear
if you put your ear to the ground
and close your eyes

[With the boy and the dog and the turtle and the bunny, their ears to the ground, listening for the hum of green. And the mice and squirrels and worms and ants under ground, listening for the hum.]
babyhippoface
You open the book and read the first page about brown. And then you turn the page and it is still brown. And then you turn another page and it talks about birds and you're confused. And then you turn another page and suddenly there are bears in your garden and you are more confused than ever. And then you turn one more page and it is spring. And then you turn one more page and it's the end.

I am clearly in the minority here. I did not love this book. And after attempting to read it aloud to class
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Betsy
Patience is a virtue. Riiiiiight. Actually it is, but tell that to anyone under the age of fifteen (to pick an arbitrary age). Though it varies from child to child, immediate satisfaction is something our day and age strives to give us in everything from grocery shopping to movie selection. When kids can just hop on the internet and within less than a minute be connected to the sites they want and need then the idea of something taking not just days but weeks is capable of blowing their furry li ...more
Taiba Hussain
As the topic was Spring/Easter, I felt it fitting to read this story to my Nursery class. The whole week revolved around growing cress so this story complimented the week’s events. The story is set in the last few days of winter where a young boy is sick of seeing so much brown and is ready for the spring colours to come through. He plants some seeds, but to his dismay, nothing has grown yet! He waits and waits, and cannot comprehend why the seeds haven’t sprouted. What could have happened? Did ...more
Patricia Bandre
I am so very taken by this book. Aesthetically, it is magnificent - thick, creamy paper, endpapers that shift from gray blue to spring sky blue, perfect size for holding and sharing. The sparse, poetic text is positively lovely - who would have thought that brown was a "hopeful" color? Who would have known you could hear the "hum" of green by putting your ear to the ground? And the illustrations - what details! I spent a LONG time looking at them repeatedly. The expressions on the dog's face, th ...more
Jessica
It's terrible when a picture book has wonderful, delightful even, illustrations but the text falls flat. Or vice versa. Especially when the pictures are as lovely as Erin Stead's. If you liked her style in A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which is quiet and lovely, you'll also enjoy And Then It's Spring, which follows a young boy and his dog (and a bunny!), who decide to plant a garden. It's a book about patience, as they wait for the seeds to take root, and for new life to sprout. I love the illustra ...more
Kathryn
I really enjoyed this story. It worked its magic on me! I loved the patience and optimism of the child, facing the brown-brown world and yet having faith that the seeds planted will grow, the green will happen, and spring will come. Some of the little touches (like the sign the child puts up in the garden, about not stomping on the ground because there are seeds and "they are trying") are just so darling and heartwarming. And the illustrations are wonderful (this is the illustrator who collabora ...more
Jasmine
"Please do not stomp here. There are seeds, and they are trying."
Judith
Sometimes waiting on spring can feel like forever, especially when the colors of winter are all around. Brown, brown, brown everywhere you see. In And Then It’s Spring, a young boy and his loyal dog wait patiently and sometimes not so patiently for their garden to grow. The boy doesn’t understand why the seeds that he has planted won’t grow. Maybe some bears stomped on the seeds? Or some hungry birds found the seeds and decided they would be a perfect snack? No matter what the reason may be, the ...more
Kellie Deruwe
And then it's spring is a story about a boy who plants seeds in the fall when everything is brown. He checks the ground everyday and everything is still brown. After a rain he is excited that maybe green will show, but it is still brown. The boy is starting to think that maybe the seeds he planted will not come through the ground until one day he comes out to check his seeds after it had rained and everything was finally green! He was so excited to see that there was no longer any brown.

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Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
And then it's spring. / Julie Fogliano. Erin E Stead (ill). / 2012.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
"Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
concept book - changing seasons, gardening, waiting for plants to grow

Review citation:
"Children wi
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Heather

Review for 3sh Horn Book

Written by Julie Fogliano, And then it’s Spring is a straightforward picture book written from the perspective of a young child. The book begins brown and dreary which inspires the young character to plant seeds. The boy and his companions; a dog, rabbit, and turtle are in search of spring. I think young children (grades k-3) would enjoy the building suspense of this story. The illustrator, Erin Stead, has once again created illustrations that tell the story itself. Pay c
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Elisabeth
So much to love about this book but Erin Stead's wonderful art is so charming and just plain perfection (can she win another Caldecott? She really really could!) The page when "it's spring" actually made me gasp when I turned to it. Captures wonderfully, but simply the ancticpation we all get this time of year. Lots of brown and we all want just a little green. It cured my own Spring Fever a bit. If this cute bespectacled boy and his adorable animal pals can be be patient, so can I. I would sugg ...more
Yvonne
This is a cute story about the anticipation of Spring and all of the color it brings. A boy and his friends (dog, turtle, birds, and bunny) plant seeds in early Spring. They keep waiting and checking and waiting and checking and waiting some more, but no green sprouts came up. At first he thought the birds ate the seeds and then believed that the seeds did not grow because of the stomping from the bears. However, one day he went outside to check and everything was green and colorful again. No mo ...more
Laurie
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Dana
Growing plants from seeds may be a new concept for many children. The Growing Table is a children’s non-fiction picture book that introduces kids to agricultural concepts. It’s an introduction to knowing what’s involved in growing a garden. Briggs the author, tells the true story of Will Allen’s passion was so great he taught people to grow food all over the world. Allen says “We need 50 million more people growing food on porches, in pots, in side yards...” The child in And Then it’s Spring anx ...more
Jean Coughlin
1. Opening: It's the first day of Spring today! What does Spring look like? What do the trees, grass, and flowers look like in Spring? Does it look like that right away? Let's look out the window. What do you see? Hmmm. It's Spring, but it doesn't look like Spring! I wonder if the boy in this book can help us understand what's going on. Let's find out.
2. Opening Moves: Raise interest in a topic or theme, Raise questions to spark curiosity, and Activate background knowledge.
3. I chose this book
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katsok
Flipped through this one at the bookstore and had to purchase it. Great message about patience as a boy waits for his garden to grow. The illustrations are amazing and I love the animals that are shown throughout. My favorite page was the cutaway to what was happening underground.
Sarahi
Audience: Pk-1
Opening: Good morning boys and girls! Can you please remind me of how many seasons there are? (Wait for response) Correct, we are in winter, but how do we know? (Wait for responses) That's right; it's cold, we have a little snow left on the ground, we have to wear our coats, gloves and hats, the trees don't have leaves, the ground looks yellow or brown. Well, in this book "And then it's Spring" by Julie Fogliano, a boy about your age is wondering if spring is ever going to come. Ha
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Autumn
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 colored and I am use to reading books that are. Plus the boy never looked happy.
This little boy is planting seeds and waiting for them to grow but nothing happens until later on when spring comes.
I do like how the little boy had to wait and wait for his plants to grow as plants take some time. It is a great way to learn patience.
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Lu Benke
This book is what I would call a "mood" book that works to introduce a topic but not really get you into a story about it. The illustrations are fun and large enough for sharing with a group, but the story is too slight. Carrot Seed (Kraus) still does it better.
Ashlyn Ryder
Fogliano, J. (2012). And then it's spring. New York: Roaring Brook Press.

Choice
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award
Source: CLCD

The use of simple text and detailed illustrations tells a story of a boys anticipation to see if his seeds planted in the Fall will sprout in the Spring. The hopeful anticipation shown through the body language and expressions of the boy and his animal friends will surely have young readers on their toes anxiously waiting to see what happens. I was amazed to see the beautiful
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Hannah
While I loved the illustrations, I found the writing a bit confusing on my first read. "Oh... so its like one big run on sentence... or a poem?" After a re-read, I enjoyed the text much more but am not sure if it would go over well as a read-aloud.
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
And then it IS Spring! Finally! TODAY, March 20th, the vernal equinox. This is the day that the sun moves from south of the equator to north of the equator. Spring is in our hemisphere! The days, which have been getting longer since the winter solstice on December 21st, are now the same length as the nights. Equinox is latin for "equal nights."

When small children think of Spring, they think of lambs, chicks, ducklings, flowers and playing outside. There are a lot of books at the library to celeb
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Bambini Travel
Every now and then an author and an illustrator are paired and together they create something magical which would not otherwise exist. Such is the case with Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead. Together they balance each other with whimsy, space, and a gentleness that cannot be forced. And Then It's Spring tells the story of a boy who plants and waits. It is a quiet tale of waiting and worry and hope. It is the tale of spring. The magical transformation from brown earth to splendid green that can s ...more
Sara Sipos
Unfortunately I did not like this book. I am trying to figure out how I would use it in my classroom. Maybe I could use it to help teach patience. I might also be able to tie it to how things grow, but I would have a difficult time finding a place for this book in my classroom. I found the pace to be awkward and difficult to follow. I thought it might be about what you can do during the spring or how plants grow, but as it turned out that wasn't really the case. Students may find the page with t ...more
Kayla
Just makes my heart smile. "Please do not stomp here. There are seeds and they are trying." I fell in love with the simplistic yet expressive illustrations as well.
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Julie Fogliano has spent her entire life reading children's books. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and three children.
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