Winter Book

Winter Book

by Rotraut Susanne Berner
     
 


Winter urges us to snuggle up with a good book, shutting out the cold and reconnecting with our impulse to nest. What a lovely idea, then, this collection is: The Winter Book celebrates the coldest season — from the late days of fall and Halloween to the earliest days of spring and Groundhog Day. Including prose from lauded authors, songs like…  See more details below

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Winter urges us to snuggle up with a good book, shutting out the cold and reconnecting with our impulse to nest. What a lovely idea, then, this collection is: The Winter Book celebrates the coldest season — from the late days of fall and Halloween to the earliest days of spring and Groundhog Day. Including prose from lauded authors, songs like Mozart’s “My Little Apple” and “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” and informational texts on international celebrations like Chinese New Year, Kwanzaa, Diwali, and Dia de los Reyes, this compendium reminds us of that magical season between autumn and spring.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Europeans have a different sensibility about children's books, as is evident and most welcome in this import from Berner, one of Germany's most distinguished illustrators. How different? Consider the material she has chosen to collect in this sort of seasonal day book/almanac. First, there is a story by Italo Calvino. It is a marvelous autumnal story—absolutely tongue-in-cheek and on the fine edge of the surreal. Yet, Calvino . . . surrealism . . . for American tots? Ho—and Hooray! Then, there's a fine anthropological history of Halloween, complete with Soulers' rhymes. Such fascinating stuff continues right along through the entries on Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa to Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day—which points out that the good saint was beheaded. Berner also includes classic material along the lines of Robert Louis Stevenson, yet she ends with Henry Thoreau on the subject of wood frogs. Wow. It's all quite charmingly illustrated, too, with that European touch. How cool is it to have bristly (but friendly) wild boars hanging around the snowy Christmas scenes? The best part is that all the selections do work for their intended audience—which is a child snuggled within a parent's lap, please. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5

A mix of stories, poetry, recipes, and songs makes up this illustrated compilation that spans the months from Halloween through Valentine's Day. Other featured celebrations include Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and Groundhog Day. Snippets of facts concerning additional festivals, such as Diwali and Three Kings Day, are scattered throughout. Many of the stories hold more appeal for adults than for children. Poems include verses attributed to Shakespeare, Longfellow, Stevenson, and Poe, while several are labeled "Traditional." Bright-colored, detailed, colored pencil and watercolor illustrations are reminiscent of Wendy Watson's work and have an appealing, naive quality. Additional material for larger collections.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888999009
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 12 Years

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