"Green is what the bespectacled boy in Julie Fogliano's 'And Then It's Spring' eagerly hopes to see as he waits for seeds he has planted to sprout from the brown earth. Did birds eat the seeds? Did bears trample them? In Erin E. Stead's finely drawn illustrations, we see the imagined bears lounging in the seedbeds with a sign that reads: 'Please do not stomp here—there are seeds and they are trying.'"--The Wall Street Journal
“This seemingly real-time experience of getting to green is a droll, wistful ode to the stamina behind wanting, will, and perseverance.”--School Library Journal, Starred
“In an understated and intimate partnership, Fogliano and Stead conjure late winter doldrums and the relief of spring’s arrival, well worth the wait.”--Publishers Weekly, Starred
"This sweet seedling will undoubtedly take root and thrive. "--Kirkus
“Fogliano’s poetic yet grounded narrative is reminiscent of Charlotte Zolotow’s picture-book texts in its understatement and straightforward, childlike observations…As for the illustrations, there’s no sophomore slump for Stead: her second book is even better than her 2011 Caldecott winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee (rev. 5/10).” --Horn Book Magazine, Starred
"A first-time author and the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011) team up in this beautiful ode to a patient gardener." --Booklist, Starred
“…a humble yet miraculous world…”--BCCB
From the Author
I have always been fascinated by the rock, its texture, color, and form are a source of endless wonder to me. In retrospect, my life thus far has in many ways, been intertwined with the rock, its beauty, its exploration and it's understanding.
I consider the acquisition of knowledge to be a journey of discovery and true to that ideal I have blended the understanding of the land with its physical exploration. There is still one unsurveyed frontier in Southern Ontario; it is Ontario's underground geography. Unbeknown to most, there are many areas of the province that are underlain by extensive tunnel systems. It is a landscape that is largely undiscovered and there is historical significance in the exploration of those places. To wriggle down a narrow stone tube into a cavern hung with soda straws and drooping folds of flowstone is inspirational. To be the first human being to see that sight is absolutely magnificent. I derive spiritual pleasure from such experiences and I hope to educate others in the appreciation of those features.
I have crafted my book for people like me who love the natural world and who derive immense excitement in the exploration and interpretation of the land. The book has been written so as to appeal to the explorer who is intent upon enjoying the allure and mystery of the province's geography and yet at the same time learning about the rock in terms of its strata, age, formative processes and distinguishing features.
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