I had to sit in for storytime last week, and read this aloud. It was my first story, and it worked out well. Except the line, which I think was the most beautiful, but also difficult to read aloud: "an is that a little green? no, it's just brown sort of brown." The above mentioned bear section sort of fell flat too.
And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A Goodreads recommendation; I wasn't disappointed. Fogliano's text and Stead's illustrations do a bang up job of capturing the drabness and waiting-ness of late winter, when all you want is for spring to finally arrive in a burst of green (and, of course it does). A few minor quibbles - the bears in the middle of the book slam realism into what had been a whimsical prose poem with just a touch of fantasy; I wondered why they suddenly made an appearance. Other than that, a sweet little picture book that would be perfect for a "spring is coming" storytime or readaloud.
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