"Last March, I was driving from Michigan, where winter was hanging on tight, to Washington DC, where spring was just beginning. As I started the drive south, Julie Fogliano's soft poem kept echoing in my head: 'First you have brown, all around you have brown.' Onward through Ohio and Pennsylvania: 'and it is still brown, but a very hopeful, possible sort of brown.' By Maryland, I looked out the window and saw spring: 'Now you have green, all around you have green.' This beautiful picture book, with its quietly expressive illustrations by Caldecott medalist Erin E. Stead, will become your late-winter mantra."
Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they've had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.
Julie Fogliano's tender story of anticipation is brought to life by the distinctive illustrations Erin E. Stead, recipient of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.
And Then It's Spring is one The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012.
One of Kirkus Reviews' Best Children's Books of 2012