In And Then It's Spring, a young boy and his dog plant a garden in hopes of putting an end to all the brown. The simple poetic language is beautiful. The soft, detailed, charming illustrations by Erin Stead celebrate hard work, patience, and hopeful anticipation.
Possible Strategy Instruction:
- C: Use prior knowledge to connect with text (What seeds have you planted and waited patiently for? What do birds do with seeds?)
- C: Determine and analyze author’s purpose, and support with text
- C: Infer and support with evidence (What does Julie Fogliano mean when she says “but a hopeful, very possible sort of brown”?)
- A: Abundant easy reading
- F: Adjust and apply different reading rates to match text
- E: Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in speaking and writing (hopeful, stomping, hum)