PreS-Gr 1-This companion to It's Fall (2001) and It's Spring (2002, both Millbrook) is an exemplary exploration of a season. From the first spread, readers view an enthusiastic girl who delves into the pleasures and treasures of winter: "I chase and zigzag/here/and/there,/ catching snowflakes in the air./They land on my face and on my hair./I stick out my tongue/and catch one./Yum!" The arrival of new snow overnight transforms the world around her into a rollicking playground. She takes a pleasant walk with her dog and describes the wonders of nature when bats, bees, and several other animals hibernate; active life goes on underneath a frozen pond, and birds and deer are about. At night, Orion takes precedence in the sky. Soon the days grow longer, the sun feels stronger, and there is a hint of change, but there is still time to sled and hope for another snow. Swan's beautiful cut-paper artwork is colorful, crisp, and stark. Rich textures bring depth to the lively scenes and the double-page spreads will give young readers much to ponder. Make room on your shelves for this fresh offering.-Meghan R. Malone, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
A chill is in the air and the leaves have all fallen from the trees, as an exuberant child runs "here and there, catching snowflakes in the air." Having similarly explored all things autumn (It's Fall, 2001) and all things spring (It's Spring, p. 256), Glaser and Swan bring winter alive. Bundled in a scarf, hat, and mittens, walking through the snow can be fun, watching the prints that each footstep makes. Snow angels and snowmen cannot be far behind as the snow deepens. It is hard to believe the picture that arrives in the mail of the girl's grandparents basking on a Florida beach, but winter is different everywhere. Even as some creatures are slipping through the whiteness to find food and shelter, many animals are burrowed deep in the ground or in the warm water beneath the lake's icy crust. The descriptions of the natural world are enhanced by the use of multi-layered, hand-painted, cut-paper collages. Adding visual depth to each page, they invite readers to come in for a closer look. Suggestions for winter projects and activities follow the text. (Picture book. 4-8)