by Julie Fogliano
Illustrated by Erin Stead
We picked up this book as a part of The Bean's Easter gift. It was one that I had heard of and had been meaning to check out for a while, so I took a chance and ordered it. I'm really glad that I did. It's lovely.
This is a very simple text, with a single sentence on most pages. It is all about the hopefulness that accompanies the planting of seeds and waiting for them to grow. It is also about patience.
The language is almost poetic and a little above The Bean's level of understanding, but he understands enough to get the point of the story. (I also believe it's a good thing to expose children to language that is a little above their level. But I don't intend to discuss that right now. If you're curious as to why ask and I'll explain my thoughts in the comments.)
The illustrations in this book are stunning. Simple and full of small details. The Bean loves looking at them as I read and pointing out the things that he sees. ("Look Mama, birds!" "Look Mama, a worm!") We talk about things like why the bunny is sitting next to the little carrot sign. And the first time we read it, when we got to the last page he let out an audible "Ooh!" Really, how can I not love the book after that?
I'd definitely recommend And Then It's Spring to anyone with kids who are about 3-6 years old.
(FWIW -I just showed Jen this post and she says she likes the illustrations, but does not like the writing in this book and would not recommend it. To each their own.)