“First you have brown, all around you have brown then there are seeds and a wish for rain…”
In this sweet storybook, a young boy and his dog decide they’ve had enough of winter brown and plant the first seeds of spring.
With a red wagon full of planting supplies, boy and dog dig, plant, and wait…and wait…for signs of spring. Charming critters join them. Patiently they watch, and even listen, hoping to hear a “greenish hum” as stems push upward.
After weeks, on a sunny day, shades of green appear. Oh, the joy of green all around!
Fogliano’s writing is simple, yet stirring. She captivates little listeners with her playful, childlike words. The beautiful pictures by Stead (Caldecott Medal winner) are warm and inviting. She brings seasons to life with soft details. Within each picture’s hopeful shades of brown, children can study the colors, looking for spots of red.
A poetic story, this quiet garden tale inspires parents and little ones to get out in their yards and plant seeds.