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Children's LiteratureThis dialog of questions and answers between a mother mouse and her child is a fine poetic companion for the winter nights when spring seems far away. Each question recalls some delight of spring from blackberries and cream and rolling down grassy hills to flying kites and enjoying night breezes. "Will spring ever come...Ever again?" asks the child. The mother replies that all those things will come again. But meanwhile, winter offers its own rewards, from oatmeal for breakfast and sledding downhill to ice-dancing on the frozen pond and making a snowman. Charming anthropomorphic mice are fashionably dressed for the winter outdoor activities, and then in attractive flannel pajamas. DePalma exploits the double pages to describe an indoor underground stage sparsely set, a cross-section of some sanctuary; her acrylic paints combine with huge cut paper snowflakes create an inviting snowy landscape just right for sliding or making snow angels. 2004, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz