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If Lady Winter has her way, the world will stay covered in blankets of snowy white and icy blue. Sister Spring will slumber forever and the winter will never end. Can Lady Winter really keep spring from coming or is there something the animals might do to help? Led by harbinger Robin, the animals are determined to wake Sister Spring, but what price will they each have to pay?

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Overview

If Lady Winter has her way, the world will stay covered in blankets of snowy white and icy blue. Sister Spring will slumber forever and the winter will never end. Can Lady Winter really keep spring from coming or is there something the animals might do to help? Led by harbinger Robin, the animals are determined to wake Sister Spring, but what price will they each have to pay?

Through beautiful words and pictures, this enchanting tale about the battle of the seasons highlights one special bird who saves much more than just the day.

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Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
When Robin saw Lady Winter place a magic cold, white blanket over Sister Spring so she would sleep forever and it would always be winter, the little bird calls the forest creatures and natural forces together to devise a plan to wake her. Lady Winter is ready for each creature as it tries to wake Sister Spring. Each of them fails in its endeavor but is changed in some way by Lady Winter. Finally, Robin visits the sun, struggles through the heat and pain of his burning belly feathers, and takes morning rays back to wake the sleeping Sister Spring. This original tale incorporates reasons why ladybugs have spots, skunks have stripes, sap runs in maple trees, and robins fly away for the winter. Ceccoli changes her pallet from cool blues to vibrant greens as the seasons change from winter to spring. Soft, delicate faces on people and animals invite the reader to peruse the pages. This is a fine way to introduce the change of seasons. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
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In this mythlike tale, Lady Winter covers her Sister with a cold white blanket to prevent her from waking and ushering in spring. "A perfect world would be cold and white every day of the year," she muses. After witnessing Winter's actions, Robin seeks the animals' help to rouse Sister Spring. The creatures, from powerful Bear to tiny Ladybug, give it a try, and the punishments they receive from Lady Winter for their unsuccessful efforts result in their characteristic trademarks: Bear's winter sleep, Caterpillar's wrappings, Ladybug's spots, Skunk's white stripe-even Maple Tree's running sap. When Robin must fly close to the sun to capture the morning light that eventually wakes Spring, the intense heat turns his "plain brown belly [into] a bright orange-red." Ceccoli's lovely acrylic paintings include vignettes, full-page pictures, spreads, and varying perspectives to depict the sharp contrast between winter and spring. Lady Winter, dressed in icy blue, her silvery braid flowing behind her, surveys her frozen landscape, tinged pink by waning winter sun. She looms over little Caterpillar and Ladybug, and appears as tiny as a doll when facing Maple Tree. Sister Spring, her reddish brown curls spread across a vine-covered pillow, sleeps covered by a green blanket in a yellow bed. The spread of a world come alive with endless green, flowers, and playful animals helps readers experience the joys of the new season. Pair this story with a reading of Demeter and Persephone.-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT

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An original pourquoi tale presents Lady Winter, who's distinctly reluctant to yield to slumbering Sister Spring, and a bevy of animals who work to thwart her. She knits cold white blankets, one to keep Sister Spring abed and the others to use on the first creatures who try to wake her, Bear and Caterpillar. Maple Tree, Ladybug and Skunk all come to different griefs before Robin flies high to Mother Sun for her light, successfully waking Sister Spring but burning his breast in the process. There's a little too much going on here, and young readers will wonder where Summer and Fall might figure in this family. But Ceccoli supplies some beautifully Renaissance compositions and a lovely pale palette that modulates beautifully from winter to spring, which compensate pretty well for narrative weaknesses. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805069709
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DEBBIE OUELLET has had her work published in children’s magazines and journals. This is her first book for young readers. She lives in Loretto, Ontario, Canada.

NICOLETTA CECCOLI is the award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum. She was awarded the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators and won the Andersen Prize, honoring her as the best children’s book illustrator in Italy. She lives in San Marino, Italy.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Beautiful Artwork, But ....

    The artwork is gorgeous, but there are holes in the story. Where are Sister Summer and Sister Autumn? Still, it does teach important lessons in determination and loyalty.

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