Winter is for Snow


Winter is for sledding,
friends, snowmen, penguins!
Winter is for snow!

In a rambunctious ode to everything winter, two siblings explore a snowy wonderland . . . and end up in the cozy warmth of family. Delve into Robert Neubecker's expressive and rejuvenating illustrations that celebrate snow and the coziness of friends and family at home. Only Robert Neubecker's magic touch...

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Winter is for sledding,
friends, snowmen, penguins!
Winter is for snow!

In a rambunctious ode to everything winter, two siblings explore a snowy wonderland . . . and end up in the cozy warmth of family. Delve into Robert Neubecker's expressive and rejuvenating illustrations that celebrate snow and the coziness of friends and family at home. Only Robert Neubecker's magic touch could make kids love winter this much!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/09/2013
A boy works hard to persuade his younger sister that winter truly is the most wonderful time of the year in a story that suggests that Neubecker is also the type to enjoy bundling up and heading outdoors when the temperature drops. The siblings alternately narrate in color-coded verse, amplifying the story’s performative potential: “Winter is for excellent!/ Come out and play with me!” shouts the boy. “Winter is to stay inside./ Please just let me be!” is his sister’s response. Neubecker’s snow- laden illustrations are crammed with activity while also revealing a certain emotional thawing that culminates in the girl catching not a snowflake, but a tiny heart on her tongue. Ages 3–5. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
“Winter is for SNOW!” joyously announces a young boy, watching it fall outside the window. “No,” replies his petulant sister across the page. “Winter is for cold and damp./ It must be ten below!” He continues to celebrate winter, in amusing verse printed in blue, while her red printed retorts tell us her objections. He finally gets her outside as he rejoices about skiing and mushing through the Arctic or Antarctic, complete with penguins. When he takes her sledding with their friends, she finally relents and celebrates the season. The illustrations of characters and settings are colorful, outlined in black, and naturalistic but simplified. The action takes place in vignettes and across double pages. The Arctic scene above and below the water is particularly effective. The snowflakes dance almost everywhere and are coated with glitter on the jacket. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Twosiblings hold decidedly different opinions on winter and snow in this simple, rhythmic paean to a city snowfall. Big brother wakes up gleefully to the fluffy white stuff piling up outside their apartment window: "Winter is for wonderful!/Winter is for snow!" But younger sister frowningly responds, "Winter is for cold and damp./It must be ten below!" And so goes their droll verbal point/counterpoint, reflected in fonts of different colors, as Sis reluctantly turns off her media devices and bundles up for their trudge to the local sledding hill. Along the way, Brother envisions the adventurous worlds of polar ice and snow that lie beyond their doorstep, and his sister slowly has a change of heart, ultimately tasting flakes and sledding with gusto. Back home enjoying hot chocolate and a cozy fire with Mom, she is a smiling convert to the joys of the season. The rhyming text, while slight, will hold children's attention as they pore over the appealing illustrative details, rendered in black line and bold color. Snowflake patterns, suffusing nearly every page, underscore the blanketing snowfall and create a cohesive visual motif. Equally suitable for a lapsit or group read-aloud, this title is a worthy purchase for collections needing additional winter-themed materials.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
Kirkus Reviews
A paean to wintertime and especially its snowy weather, this picture book fails to match the achievement of the many others that deal with this popular theme. The child pictured in the jacket art is an unabashed lover of all things winter, and in rhyming text, he extols the season's virtues to his curmudgeonly younger sister. Her responses (also rhyming) resist his enthusiastic praise of snowball fights, skating and the beauty of snowflakes "glittering like diamond dust." Since the book ends up being about her eventual, grudging warming up to wintertime, it's curious that she doesn't appear on the cover, and her change of heart seems rather abrupt, reading; "Winter is for all these things? / Is it really so? / Winter might not be so bad. // Winter is for SNOW!" Such pat lines are par for the course in the text, which isn't so much a story as it is a list. Illustrations show greater achievement, particularly in scenes depicting many characters milling about a snowy city landscape, evoking an animationlike flair. Another snowy day book, but not special enough to recall Keats' masterpiece. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423178316
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 328,744
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Neubecker

Robert Neubecker ( is a regular contributor to, Business Week, Time, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. His books include Courage of the Blue Boy, Beasty Bath, Wow! America!, and Wow! City!, an American Library Association Notable book for 2005. A longtime New Yorker, Robert now lives with his growing family and the occasional moose on Iron Mountain in Park City, Utah.

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