Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green. By the Caldecott-winning artist of A Sick Day for Amos McGee.
This book pairs beautiful illustrations with sweet, never-too-wordy text for a great little story about patience, hope, and seasons. It really checks every box for me. It’s funny, it has a perfect words-to-page ratio, it’s great for learning about something (how plants grow, how seasons change), and it has a soft message–nothing too didactic. It’s pretty enough to display, but we can never keep it on the shelf long between readings.
This book shows how winter can linger as we anticipate the new life that spring brings. It touches on colors: brown and green, which adds a nice touch. It also teaches that we need rain and sunshine to bring about the new life of spring.
Julie Fogliano is the New York Times–bestselling author of And Then It’s Spring and If You Want to See a Whale, as well as the poetry collection, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. Recipient of the 2013 Ezra Jack Keats Award, her books have been translated into more than ten languages. Julie lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and three children. When she is not folding laundry or wondering what to make for dinner, she is staring out the window waiting for a book idea to fly by.
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