Tuesday, June 25, 2013

and then it's spring

fanfare fogliano 245x300 Horn Book Fanfare 2012

Author: Julie Fogliano
Illustrator:   Erin Stead
Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press
Publication Year:   2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   featured on "Calling Caldecott" blog, Booklist Editor's Choice, Horn Book Fanfare, Kirkus starred review & Best Book

Summary:  A boy plants seeds in the brown winter landscape and then waits, somewhat impatiently, for them to grow. The text captures the voice of a child perfectly, with lots of run-on sentences. The boy waters his plants faithfully (and his animal friends plant their own seeds too- I love the dog who plants the bone in the garden!) He worries that the seeds won't grow, but one day finally the green comes and it is spring. Once again, Stead's illustrations take center stage in her wonderfully detailed woodblock and colored pencil drawings. I think my favorite is spread that shows the creatures all sleeping underground (those adorable mice!)

Classroom Ideas: This book would be a great inclusion in a unit about seasons or one about plants. You could talk about the passage of time and the changes that happen underground before the seeds actually show growth. The underlying theme would probably be one about patience or "Good things come to those who wait."

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