What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that And Then It's Spring is a gentle, understated story of a boy who plants seeds and waits for them to grow. It's innocent and profound in its fascination with plant growth, nature's rhythms, and the transformation from winter brown to spring green.
What's the story?
AND THEN IT'S SPRING begins with a boy and his dog in a brown landscape -- \"all around you have brown.\" Then the boy plants seeds, rain comes, and they wait for the seeds to grow into vegetables and flowers, worrying that the seeds might be disrupted by birds ... or bears! They patiently wait one week, then another and another, until finally there's a sunny day after a rainy day, and \"the brown isn't around and now you have green, all around you have green.\"
Is it any good?
The understated tone, spare text, and pastel palette, matte pages, and retro look of the illustrations by Erin E. Stead, who won the 2011 Caldecott Medal for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, give And Then It's Spring a classic look and feel. The boy character's patience and wonder at nature's rhythms are infectious, as is the thrill of the final transformation of his landscape from brown to green.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about where food comes from and how long it takes to grow vegetables, flowers, and plants. Have you ever tired to grow something?
Is it hard to wait for plants to grow? Do you think farmers have to have a lot of patience?
What is it about the look of And Then It's Spring that makes it seem old or timeless?