Waiting around for spring is kind of like waiting for water to boil or the mail to come or your favorite aunt to come over for a visit. Except that here in Southern California we have weather that seems almost like spring all year long. We're blessed with the mildest of winters, still there's something amazing about the first buds of springtime. That's what Julie Fogliano's book, And Then It's Spring, is all about. The waiting...and the joy when spring shows up.
In the story, a boy and his dog have had enough of the brown of winter and decide to do something about it. They plant a garden, seed by seed. Then, they and their animal friends wait, and wait, and wait to see what happens. The story is simple but made poignant by the distinctive illustrations of Erin E. Stead, recipient of the 2011 Caldecott Medal. This award-winning book teaches patience and perseverance and it connects children with the comforting rhythm of the seasons.
It's the perfect prelude to starting a spring garden of your own!
Image from Macmillan
Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools