And Then It’s Spring

It may be summer weather in Michigan, but it’s not hard to remember the brown of pre-spring. And Then It’s Spring perfectly captures the angst of a long winter’s longing for green. The hope of a seed dropped into brown earth, and the surety that either birds or bears have eaten that hope, the waiting and listening (a perfect illustration by Erin Stead shows  the child listening to the “greenish hum” of the seeds and other business below the ground) and watching for spring. Julie Fogliano‘s script reads like a poem and it wraps up spring in this beautiful package of a book.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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5 Responses to And Then It’s Spring

  1. Nice review of a very nice book. I just got my copy 🙂

  2. mblesy says:

    I am a MI writer, too. Thanks for sharing.

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