and then it's spring

Slice of Life 2020 – Day 20

I was just getting used to the brown, all around there was brown. Then, the past two mornings there has been a light dusting of snow on the ground. Luckily, it disappears quickly and we’re back to the brown.

It reminds me of a beautiful book, and then it’s spring, by Julie Fogliano. The illustrations by Erin Stead, who was a winner of the Caldecott Medal for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, were created using woodblock printing techniques and pencil. They’re lovely! In the book, a little boy and his dog decide that they’ve had enough of winter and all the brown, so they decide to plant a garden. They must wait and wait until eventually the sun comes out and all you have is green. The ending, of course, is predictable, but the illustrations make it worth the wait until you turn the final page. That might be my favorite page, although the double page spread where the boy puts his ear to the ground listening for his seed growing is a delight. A cutaway drawing of all the animals still asleep underground provides another perspective.

I’m a bit like the little boy lately, waiting for my spring flowers make their presence be known. For now, I’ll just have to wait and wait.

Published by Patty Nault

Retired elementary teacher with a passion for reading, writing, and living a life full of curiosity. "Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder." -E.B. White

9 thoughts on “and then it's spring

  1. It is??!! I feel like I’ve been hiding under a rock not to know it’s the first day of spring. But then [my excuse] I’m in San Jose California, where the buds have been opening for awhile. But I’m waiting for the first flower on the cherry tree outside my bedroom window. It usually starts with white popcorn balls of flower against dark slate blue clouds.
    Nice opening, “I was just getting used to all the brown, all the brown around town….” moody and rhythmic.

  2. I am not familiar with the book, and then it’s spring. I will have to check it out! It was beautiful in PA today. More like summer! I look forward to the signs of spring. Don’t think the wait will be much longer!

    1. I’m with you on the waiting. Running out of patience here in Wisconsin. Tonight will be record lows according to the evening news. I hope you can locate the book. It’s sweet!

  3. Spring is here in West Virginia. The daffodils are in full bloom and the crocuses are bursting forth. I’ll try to send some of this weather your way. We all need a little pick me up right now.

  4. Spring is in full (early) bloom in my neck of the woods. I love the image of the boy putting his ear down to the ground to listen for the growing seeds. I planted some lettuce seed yesterday and keep checking to see if there is any sign of them yet – as impatient as a kid.
    Thank you for introducing me to this book – sounds like it might be perfect for my grandkids.

    1. Gardening does teach patience, and it’s always worth the wait. Glad you’re experiencing spring already. Grandkids will enjoy it. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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