Winter is for Snow

Winter is for Snow

by Robert Neubecker
     
 

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

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Overview

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!

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.)
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This rhyming picture book in two voices follows a brother and sister with opposing views about winter: "Winter is for wonderful!/ Winter is for snow!" says the boy, but his sister responds, "Winter is for cold and damp./ It must be ten below!" The boy continues to rhapsodize, with the occasional flying fancy about sled dogs and penguins, and finally succeeds in coaxing his sister out to the local sledding hill, which converts her to a snow-lover. While the dual-voice structure, with the boy's dialogue in black text and the girl's in brown, offers readaloud and performance possibilities, the text is too often strained both in vocabulary and scansion. There's an amiable cartoonish vigor to the illustrations, though, with the thick dark lines touched with digital color and softly patterned snowflakes. The girl's subtly changing face hints at her waning resistance to the season, helping ground what otherwise seems like a fairly sudden shift. Winter-haters may appreciate having an acknowledgment, however brief, of their point of view, and the opportunity for some wintry theater may ironically amuse those youngsters stuck inside due to the weather. DS—BCCB

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.—PW

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)—Kirkus

Siblings often disagree, but how can anyone not love winter? A brother tries to convince his grumpy sister to put down her electronic device and head outside to celebrate the glories of winter. Delicate snowflakes flutter down as children sled, skate, build snowmen, and ski, and the boy wants to be a part of it. Although his sister pleads, "Please, just let me be!" the boy refuses and, smiling, helps her into her snow boots and parka. The girl's look of alarm grows as he takes her on an imaginary dogsled ride over Arctic ice (complete with a grinning polar bear) and to the Antarctic, where penguins humorously march up and down frosty peaks in formation. Slowly, a smile forms on her face, and she begins to enjoy the delights of a day in the park, and a double-page spread depicts her joyfully running through the snow and shouting, "Winter is for SNOW!" Neubecker's signature style and brightly colored illustrations are, as always, childcentered and detailed. A rhyming, rollicking salute to the coldest season. - Lolly Gepson—Booklist

PreS-Gr 2 Two siblings 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—SLJ

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
09/01/2013
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
2013-09-01
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:
532,804
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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