And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Hope and patience are of great importance in this story of a boy who is waiting for seeds to sprout and bloom. He wonders if the seeds will bloom at all, imagining they’ve been stepped on by other animals that are unaware of what lies beneath the ground. The boy is accompanied by a dog, turtle, and rabbit, which are also wishing and waiting for the garden to bloom.
This story is perfect for children who are done with the doldrums of winter and look forward to all spring has to offer. Reading the poetic text together and investigating the soft, yet detailed illustrations would be a great way to pass time on a rainy spring day. This book would work best for one-on-one reading, or for a small group. The pictures help tell the story, and you and your child can talk about what each character hopes to grow. Talking and reading together are great ways to get your child ready to read! After reading this story, you may even be inspired to plant your own seeds, or visit a nursery to learn more about gardening.
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