In the Snow: Who's Been Here?

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The woods are cold and desolate as Cammy and William hike through the snow, yet signs of animal life are everywhere. Help them find the clues -- a pellet of feathers and bones, a fish head by the brook, a patch of bark rubbed off the trunk of a birch tree, and more -- and join in guessing, "Who's been here?"

Two children on their way to go sledding see evidence of a variety of animal life.

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Overview

The woods are cold and desolate as Cammy and William hike through the snow, yet signs of animal life are everywhere. Help them find the clues -- a pellet of feathers and bones, a fish head by the brook, a patch of bark rubbed off the trunk of a birch tree, and more -- and join in guessing, "Who's been here?"

Two children on their way to go sledding see evidence of a variety of animal life.

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Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
The illustrations depict winter so well that you can almost feel the crisp cold air as William and Cammy make their way through the woods. While out walking, they find clues pointing to the passage of different animals along the trail. Who could have left claw tracks? How did those fuzzy red balls fall from the sumac tree? Who lives in a nest of leaves? By traces such as these, Cammy and William learn something about each of the eight animals that passed that way before. At the end of the trail, they find the tracings of one last traveler, and its identity may amuse you.
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PreS-Gr 2A child's crudely drawn map on the jacket flap shows the snow-covered trail that young William, Cammy, and their dog follow to the sledding hill. Along the way, the children find signs of animal life (tracks, scattered seeds, a nest, gnawed branches, castings, tunnels, etc.), and wonder ``Who's been here?'' (Perhaps the happiest finds of all are the doughnuts and hot chocolate left at the end of the trail.) Readers will discover the answers in gloriously detailed, realistic paintings of a ruffed grouse, cardinal, squirrel, porcupine, deer, and other woodland and meadow creatures. The almost tactile illustrations are large and stunning. Children will be interested in the significance of these snowy clues; some may be inspired to look more closely on their own forays into winter landscapes. This companion to In the Woods (Greenwillow, 1994) will work as well with groups as one-on-one.Meg Stackpole, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
Lauren Peterson
On their way to go sledding, William and his sister, Cammy, discover a variety of animal clues in the snow-covered woods, including tracks near the barberry bushes, fuzzy red balls under a clump of sumac, and broken acorn shells around a hole in the snow. Words in large black type set against a snow-white page describe what the children find and prompt youngsters to guess "Who's been here?" with the accompanying illustration providing the same information visually. A turn of the page reveals the answer, shown in a spectacular double-page spread of the creature that has left its mark in the snow. Children will enjoy this nature treasure hunt and will lose themselves in the exquisite detail of the photo-realistic illustrations. For a highly entertaining and interactive story time, "combine this with George's equally intriguing "In the Woods: Who's Been Here?".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688123208
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/31/1995
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.39 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Lindsay Barrett George is widely recognized for her striking illustrations of wildlife. She is the author-illustrator of The Secret; Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse; In the Garden: Who's Been Here?; and four other "Who's Been Here?" titles. Lindsay Barrett George lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her quail, three dogs, two cats, tortoise, and rabbit.

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