Here Is the Arctic Winter

Here Is the Arctic Winter

by Madeleine Dunphy, Alan James Robinson
     
 

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The barren white landscape stretches as far as the eye can see. Tracks, preserved perfectly in the snow, lead off into the distance. Jagged rocks jut upward, disrupting the otherwise seamless line between earth and sky. The sky is dark day and night.

This is the Arctic winter.

With a lyrical, cumulative text and glowing paintings that capture this endangered

Overview

The barren white landscape stretches as far as the eye can see. Tracks, preserved perfectly in the snow, lead off into the distance. Jagged rocks jut upward, disrupting the otherwise seamless line between earth and sky. The sky is dark day and night.

This is the Arctic winter.

With a lyrical, cumulative text and glowing paintings that capture this endangered environment with stunning realism, Here Is the Arctic Winter will fascinate and inspire children of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This unusual cumulative book begins with a stark, black-edged painting of the vast, moonlit, arctic landscape: ``Here is the sky / that is dark day and night, / where the sun does not rise / in this cold world of white: / Here is the Arctic winter.'' Each turn of the page highlights another arctic creature, generally named in the order it appears on the food chain--the wolves ``who howl at the sky,'' the caribou ``that flee from the wolves,'' and so on. A useful back page contains outlines of each animal and the address of the National Audubon Society's Arctic Program. Robinson's picture book debut impresses at the outset, with a striking jacket illustration of a lone polar bear stalking across a midnight-dark snowscape--inside are even more breathtaking scenes populated with dazzling animals. Dunphy's opening lines contain a lyrical simplicity and elegance that is unfortunately not consistently maintained. The format seems to constrain the text in ways that sometimes make the relationships between animals seem spurious or confusing and the language unwieldly or awkward. Caveats aside, this luminous and reverent work is a welcome addition to the growing ranks of environmental books. Ages 3-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Hand youngsters curious about other arctic wildlife Madeleine Dunphy's introduction to the wolf's co-habitors. Ms. Dunphy's Here Is the Arctic Winter, a cumulative, this-is-the-house-that-Jack-built work, features the wolf and nine others who roam or swim during the long glacial nights. All come to life in the crisp, dark, snow-swirled, watercolors of Allan James Robinson.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-- Here is a lyrical look at the land and creatures of the Arctic during the ``endless night'' winter season. The illustrations are indeed dark: monochromatic midnight-blue paintings of individual creatures and stark Arctic landscapes, such as sea ice and northern lights. Polar bear, snowshoe hare, seal, and other creatures dominate. The ``whale'' will pique curiosity, since it appears as a tusked narwhal, while all others are easily identifiable. A pictorial glossary provides the animals' true names. Paintings are evocative, hushed, somber, and sophisticated--quite beautiful, but they lack interest and fail to mesh with the text. In The House That Jack Built tradition, the text is cumulative: ``Here is the willow, which is food for the caribou / that flee from the wolves . . . where the sun does not rise / in this cold world of white . . .'' followed by the title as refrain. Predictability of the verse suggests read-aloud potential, despite the fact that cumulative cadence is not quite achieved and rhyming is inconsistent. If a picture book is desired to accompany Arctic and/or environmental endangerment study, this unique but not outstanding one will work. --Valerie Lennox, Jacksonville Public Library, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977753901
Publisher:
Web of Life Children's Books
Publication date:
06/21/2007
Series:
Web of Life Children's Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,087,091
Product dimensions:
9.91(w) x 6.01(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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