And Then It's Spring



A boy's wondrous experience of seeing his seeds grow.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Shows what happens when you plant and nurture seeds and winter turns to spring.

Positive messages

Patience is a virtue, and there's a payoff for sowing seeds and taking care of your fledgling plantings. Also, keep hope alive.

Positive role models

The little boy is dedicated to his task, patient for the outcome, and ever hopeful. At one point, he puts his ear to the dirt and expresses his hope and belief in the seeds' unseen growth, as "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."

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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.   

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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 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? 

Book details

Author:Julie Fogliano
Illustrator:Erin E. Stead
Genre:Picture Book
Topics:Great boy role models, Science and nature
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:February 14, 2012
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:4 - 8
Read alone:5 - 8

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