Winter Is

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Overview

Winter is white. Winter is cold. Winter is dark. Winter is bright. Winter is so many things, especially to a little one eagerly awaiting sledding, ice-skating, and other joys of the season. "Winter is" brings a child's anticipation of winter to life, with simple, evocative verse and delicate watercolor paintings of winter's wonders. A celebration of the many pleasures of the season, "Winter is" is a classic winter story for bedtime, or anytime a child may be dreaming of snowflakes.

A boy and girl describe winter and the wonderful activities of that season, but also look forward to summer.

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Children's Literature
Charming watercolor paintings brightly detail the wonders of winter in this delightful book. The author uses simple poetic verse to tell about the wonders of winter through a child's eyes. This book describes an Alaskan winter, showing all elements of this long season. The author and illustrator are both from Alaska and do a wonderful job describing a child's anticipation of this exciting time of year. The children are shown bundling up and heading out to enjoy skating, sledding, and playing in the snow. The children talk about the long winter nights and watching the stars and northern lights in the sky. Some animals are shown in their winter hibernation, while others are quietly searching for food and shelter in the cold. Children are dreaming of the joys of winter holidays. Finally, the children are happily enjoying the end of the long season. They enjoy throwing off their coats and watching the snow melt around them. They are now anticipating the wonders of summer. This book does a wonderful job of describing the wonders of winter. This would be a great book to use with young children who are learning about the changing seasons. 2002, Alaska Northwest Books,
— Maureen Boyle
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Three young children eagerly await winter and describe several snowy activities, including skating on a frozen pond and jumping in "fluffy snow pillows." The rhymes capture the magic of the season: "Winter is black,/spilling night into day./We watch northern lights/start to flicker and sway." The frost on windowpanes is likened to a garden in which the youngsters are able to "melt the flowers with our breath." The crisp, white landscapes are complemented by purple and blue backgrounds, and Dwyer's watercolor technique gives the impression of swirling snowflakes. Some sentences also curl around the page. Then the siblings see signs of spring, and, looking forward, they exclaim, "Summer is coming and I can't wait!" Observant readers will notice that the coloring of a rabbit that appears on every spread changes from white to brown. A poetic choice for a seasonal storytime.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882405438
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Alaskan author Ann Dixon has written several children's books, including Blueberry Shoe (page 36) and Winter Is (page 36.) With Pam, she coauthored Alone Across The Arctic.

Dwyer is an award winning author/illustrator.

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