It’s what makes a wonderland out of Winter.
In this Caldecott honor book, illustrator and author Shulevitz begins with a humdrum town and a young boys hopes for something special. He’s not disappointed: small surprises subtly build upon one another as anticipation turns to the arrival of snow, flake by flake. The transformation that fully captures the fascination and imaginative joy a small child finds in the experience of a natural wonder.
By Orhan Pamuk
A Turkish poet named Ka returns to his homeland after 12 years, looking for a beautiful childhood friend. But in the Nobel Prize-winning Pamuk’s tale, this Proustian search takes a very different turn, as Ka witnesses (and takes part in) the clash of fundamentalist Islam and Western beliefs, while the town he visits disconcertingly gets cut off from the world by a snowfall that won’t cease.
By David Laskin
The blizzard of 1888 in the upper Great Plains struck with an almost Biblical deadliness — it not only killed as many as 500 people,many of them from homesteading European families, but took the lives of scores of children, trapping them as they were walking home from school. The impact was so overwhelming that Western movement of the U.S. was slowed overnight. Laskin unfolds the heartbreaking tale through the trials five affected families — while using the story to illuminate the little-known history of America’s weather-prediction systems.
By Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Robert F. Scott’s failed 1910 attempt to be the first man to the South Pole was one of the most audacious, and punishing endeavors of all time. Apsley Cherry-Garrard was one of the few “lucky” folks who got to join the expedition with the famed explorer. His retrospective account is an indelible portrait of the dangerous — and oh, so cold! — Antarctic environment Scott charged into.
In his day job, Lebrecht heads up the physics department at Caltech, but his side gig — putting together gorgeous books filled with color microphotography of actual snow crystals — has won him a special kind of fame outside of the laboratory and lecture hall. These beguiling images of nature’s fascinating constructs are complemented with literary quotes on the exquisite splendor of snow.