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Book ListSet in the northern woodland in winter, this picture book shows how a variety of animals adapt to the frigid, snowy environment. A wide variety of winter homes and coping skills are introduced, from the snapping turtle that "snoozes deep in mud, his heart a slow and lazy drum" to the mice, shrews, and voles traversing "crystal tunnels" beneath the snow. Poetic metaphors, internal rhymes, and repeated sounds give a lyrical tone to the prose. A typical double-page spread introduces several animals (mainly mammals, rodents, and birds) in a few lines of text and two collage illustrations that combine cut papers into effective compositions enhanced with ink drawings and watercolors for details and patterns. Each page includes a border showing the tracks of one or more featured beasts and birds. The concluding page offers a collection of animal factoids, tightly packed into one long paragraph. An attractive addition to school units.