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Editorial Reviews

Deborah Zink Roffino
Read aloud or independently, this collection celebrates the season of winter without any holiday hoopla. Illustrator Hyman does a masterful job of catching the mood and surrounding each poem with a frame of watercolor landscape. Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, and Edgar Allan Poe are among the 25 gifted writers who share their most wonderfully wintry works.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW said, "This elegant volume of 25 poems presents a `universe of sky and snow' in poetry and art that will warm the coldest heart." Ages 7-11. (Dec.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This elegant volume presents a ``universe of sky and snow'' (John Greenleaf Whittier) in poetry and art that will warm the coldest heart. Each poem and its accompanying illustration is set in a milk-white square and surrounded by a varied background illustration of the house and countryside where Rogasky and Hyman themselves live. Progressing from the first signs of winter, when the wild geese fly with ``summer sun... on their wings,/ [and] winter in their cry'' (Rachel Field), to near-spring, when there is a ``whiff on the wind... of perhaps blossoms, perhaps green/ grass'' (Carl Sandburg), Rogasky's selection of 25 poems is wide-ranging, including Shakespeare's ``When icicles hang by the wall'' and excerpts of longer poems by Wordsworth and Hardy, as well as works by Richard Wright, Sara Teasdale and Robert Frost. Caldecott Medalist Hyman bases her exquisite paintings on ``real things,'' according to Rogasky's introduction, which further piques readers' interest by identifying the relatives and family pets featured in the art-Rogasky herself appears as the Bard's ``Greasy Joan.'' Like sun glinting on snow, this volume is dazzling. Ages 7-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This collection of twenty-five poems moves from fall through winter to early spring. The poems range from one published more than a thousand years ago to contemporary poets. They all celebrate the wonders of winter-from words that paint scenes of the frosty countryside to an ode to germs that cause those winter ills. Many names are familiar, Carl Sandburg, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, but also young readers will have a chance to meet new poets in Marchette Chute, and David Kherdian. Hyman's pictures are set within a frame that in turn is set within a larger winter scene. A lovely compilation for all.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Rogasky's selections are matched by Hyman's illustrations of the farm on which she and Rogasky live and the people who are important to them. The twenty-five poems by different authors represent an amazing range. Like facets of an icicle, the poems reflect different moods, different places, different times of day, and different periods of history. These individual voices add to the whole, each glistening like a fresh snow waiting to be read aloud.
School Library Journal
Gr 2 Up-Rogasky has selected a wide range of poems-25 in all-dating from 10th-century Japan to the contemporary U.S. The best of the ages is represented, with familiar favorites from Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg, etc. Excluded are poems on Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's, which are readily available elsewhere. These selections fill a need for nonsectarian poems about the compiler's favorite season. Hyman's illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of that season, with acrylics in deep, chilling shades. One can feel the crispness of the air in the finely detailed outdoor scenes as well as the warmth and coziness of interiors on a cold winter eve. A personal frontispiece by the compiler heightens readers' appreciation of both the art and the poetry. A beautiful presentation of outstanding quality.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590428736
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 9.99 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Something Told the Wild Geese 8
Oregon Winter 11
I Heard a Bird Sing 12
Moon 13
A Merry Note 14
Snow Toward Evening 16
from Snow Storm 17
from Snowbound 19
from Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird 20
from A Winter Piece 23
The Germ 24
Cat on a Night of Snow 25
Laughing Boy 26
The Buck in the Snow 27
from The Bells 28
Night 29
Winter Dark 31
from The Prelude 32
Velvet Shoes 34
Skiing 35
Waiting for Birds 36
from Snow in the Suburbs 37
A Patch of Old Snow 38
An Awful Tempest 39
from Blossom Themes 40
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