Ilene CooperA young boy can hardly wait for winter to begin, but his friend, a brown bear, shows him how all things must begin in their own time. "When will the snow trees grow?" the boy asks. "After the pumpkins are harvested, and the leaves change color. . . . When the pumpkins are turned to pie." The evocative text continues as the bear brings out warm quilts from the closet and reads stories in front of the fireplace. Shecter makes some wonderful observations: Winter will come when "cold lemonade doesn't taste as sweet," but his pictures are not quite as good as his text. Though the naive-style art, done in autumnal shades, has a cozy charm, the boy and the bear are sometimes stiff, even awkward. Despite that distraction (which may bother adults more than kids), this small book has much to recommend it. Children old enough to feel the yearning that autumn brings will respond to the mystery of the seasons explained in their own terms.
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