BN.com Gift Guide

Now It is Winter

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (18) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $2.44   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Editorial Reviews

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)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802852441
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Spinelli
Eileen Spinelli

Eileen Spinelli is no stranger to the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers list. Since her debut in 1991 with Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, an IRA/CBC Children's Choice book and Christopher Award winner, she has gone on to author numerous picture books, poetry collections, and chapter books, including the best-selling When Mama Comes Home Tonight, and the critically acclaimed Sophie's Masterpiece. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)