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.