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Now It is Winter

Now It is Winter

by Eileen Spinelli, Mary Newell DePalma (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature
This 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
School Library Journal
PreS-A fretful young mouse learns to live in the moment in this lovely picture book. Through lyrical language, Spinelli presents the youngster's concerns ("Will spring ever come?/Will I hear the sleepy sound/of soft rain/pattering on the roof?") and his mother's reassurances ("Yes, there will be spring and rain./But now it is winter./Now sleet twinkles down/sprinkling the roof"). While his brothers and sisters frolic through the snow in the gorgeous acrylic and cut-paper illustrations, the little creature trails after his mother, asking when he will next experience his favorite springtime activities, foods, and animals. She opens his eyes to the joys of the present, and the last illustration shows him hanging up a drawing of the snowman he has made with her next to his picture of a springtime sun. Textured brush strokes capture the crisp beauty of winter and the warm coziness of the animals' home. The gentle, intimate tone makes this book a natural bedtime story or a quietly compelling read-aloud for any time.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Jolly cut-paper snowflakes festoon acrylic paintings in this gentle paean to living in the now. A mouse family lives cozily under the roots of a tree and the voice is of the youngest. He asks his mother, "Will spring ever come? Will there be black raspberries . . . in my breakfast bowl?" His mother responds to each question, reminding him that yes, spring will come, and berries, but there are current joys, like oatmeal and butter and brown sugar. The past and future pleasures of rolling in the grass, gathering daisies, and looking for fairies are laid against the present ones of sledding downhill, gathering pinecones, and spying snow angels. The bright colors of the mouse family's clothing and household goods contrast with the pale snow-washed colors of outside, and those great snowflakes tumble everywhere. A lovely winter story. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
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Product dimensions:
8.08(w) x 11.16(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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