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Beauty in small things,
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This review is from: And Then It's Spring (Hardcover)When writing and illustrating are as well syncopated as in this wonderful picture book, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin Stead, you have to sip it like a good wine.
The writing is spare, but not one word is out of place, and there is not a cliche in sight. The idea of "the brown" that "has a greenish hum that you can only hear if you put your ear to the ground" is one of my favourite lines in the book. Then Stead's interpretation of what the bears who cannot read signs are doing with the signs is just funny.
On the surface, it can be summed up as a book about a boy who plants some seeds and then waits for them to grow. However, it is about much more than that. Kudos.