On a Wintry Morning

On a Wintry Morning

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by Dori Chaconas, Stephen T. Johnson
     
 

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Daddy take the baby out.
Take your bonny baby out.
Show the baby all about, On a wintry morning.

With a lilting text and glowing illustrations, this beautiful picture book captures all the joy of a winter outing for a father and his young daughter. The trip includes making snow angels, spotting animal tracks, and even visiting the market to buy a new

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Daddy take the baby out.
Take your bonny baby out.
Show the baby all about, On a wintry morning.

With a lilting text and glowing illustrations, this beautiful picture book captures all the joy of a winter outing for a father and his young daughter. The trip includes making snow angels, spotting animal tracks, and even visiting the market to buy a new puppy. Then, it's back home again for a cozy nap. Warm and tender, this is an ideal way to celebrate the special bond between parent and child.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reminiscent of Mother Goose rhymes, newcomer Chaconas's musical verse sequence nostalgically harks back to a quieter time while preserving its appeal to contemporary children. A father bundles up his toddler daughter: "Daddy, tie her hat on tight./ Tie that baby's hat on tight./ The wind will blow with all its might./ On a wintry morning." Describing the progression of the morning's events, the text skimps on dynamic tension but compensates with a cornucopia of child-pleasing images: the father and daughter hitch up the horse and ride in their sleigh, look for animal tracks ("Daddy, find a bunny track./ Quick-foot, light-foot bunny track") and buy a "tawny, brindled pup,/ One ear down and one ear up." Like the verses, Johnson's (Alphabet City) paintings possess a timeless tranquility. Despite the huge snowflakes, the illustrations are full of warmth and comfort. A close-up of the father's hands as he cradles the baby's "tiny tender toes," the baby asleep on his chest as he sings a "cozy, dozy tune"--each scene suggests the joy and love shared by parent and child. As nourishing as hearty winter soup. Ages 1-4. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
When a Daddy bundles his baby girl for an early morning outing, there is much to see and do—harness the farm horse for a sleigh ride, make snow angels in the front yard, or check for bunny prints in the snow. This heartwarming, picture book is as comforting as a steaming bowl of oatmeal. The dreamy, lilting verse is a pleasure to read aloud. In fact, young listeners will likely ask to hear this graceful celebration of wintertime pleasures again and again. The luminous illustrations shine like sun through a frosty windowpane. Johnson's soft watercolor and pastel chalk paintings combine with the gentle text to perfectly capture the love between father and daughter. 2000, Viking, $15.99. Ages 1 to 4. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
This is a story for toddlers, but every mother will have her heartstrings tugged by this one as well. The soft captivating pictures of a daddy and his little girl combined with the sweet poetic verse will warm a mother's heart. The story tells of a daddy taking the baby out on a wintry morning. Their experiences include making snow angels, riding in a sleigh, buying a puppy, and tucking the little baby in for her nap. It's as sweet as can be! 2000, Viking, $15.99. Ages 3 mo. to 5. Reviewer: L. Mathison SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
PreS-A lilting, rhyming text, by turns exuberant and soothing, celebrates the small moments that a father and toddler share. They trek out into the cold, sled down a hill, walk out across a meadow, and enjoy a sleigh ride to the "market in the square." Finally back home, they warm up, snuggle, and the youngster takes a nap. Each well-constructed four-line verse is centered on a white background, opposite a framed, watercolor-and-pastel illustration. The first three lines rhyme and the last echoes the phrase, "On a wintry morning." The artwork adeptly reinforces the action. The colors sweep back off the figures as their sled speeds downward. The tender moment as the exhausted child dozes off in her father's arms is done in darker, warmer tones to focus on the pair. Perfect for both lap-time sharing and storytime, this book is a joyous collaboration.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142500064
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/30/2002
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.04(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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