Fireflies: CLIP Review: And Then it's Spring         

Apr 6, 2012

CLIP Review: And Then it's Spring

Author:  Julie Fogliano
Illustrator:  Erin E. Stead

For anyone who has both enjoyed and endured a long, cold
winter, you know how your heart yearns to see something
other than barren trees and plain, brown ground. Have you
seen the calendar announce "It's Spring!", and something inside
of  you wants to leap into action and plant a garden? You are now kindred spirits with the young boy, his dog, a turtle and a rabbit who have resolved to do the same. They dig, plant, play and wait...and wait...until at last, the brown becomes
a more hopeful shade of brown. 

As the weeks pass the brown, though still brown, "has a greenish hum that you can only hear if you put your ear to the ground".  Stead's illustration of each of our characters with their ears to the ground is amazing! l could hardly turn the page to finish this wonderful book. But I, like the boy and his little friends, was hopeful for the sight of sprouting plants and a wonderful green Spring all around!

This book is an excellent read aloud!

  Suggested Age: Preschool to Grade 2

Don't miss the Monday Fireflies' post.  You will meet Laura Bird Miller who will use And Then It's Spring as a launching point for a great discussion and visual comm project!

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