Winter Waits

Winter Waits

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by Lynn Plourde, Greg Couch
     
 

Winter sprints across the way.
"Father, Father, come on, let's play."

Father Time smiles and kisses his son.
"Not now, I must work, my littlest one."

So Winter waits for an hour or two, painting the grass with a frosty hue...

While Winter waits for his father, he finds ways to amuse himself. Winter "whistens and glistens" the world in frost,

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Overview

Winter sprints across the way.
"Father, Father, come on, let's play."

Father Time smiles and kisses his son.
"Not now, I must work, my littlest one."

So Winter waits for an hour or two, painting the grass with a frosty hue...

While Winter waits for his father, he finds ways to amuse himself. Winter "whistens and glistens" the world in frost, "whizzles and whittles" ice sculptures, and "snizzes and snips" snowflakes. At last, Father Time turns his full attention to his son, and they "frisk and frolic away."

Lynn Plourde, author of the best-selling picture book Wild Child, reunites with acclaimed illustrator Greg Couch to continue the story of Nature's family with this exquisite book that captures the joy of a father-son relationship.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Plourde and Couch pick up where they left off with the autumnal Wild Child, this time featuring a boy who personifies winter. The fantasy is more complex and abstract than the previous title and may well puzzle more than challenge or entertain youngest readers. When small Winter in his Wee Willie Winkle hat wants his father's attention, Father Time answers, "Just a minute, big guy./ My work's not done." His father ignores him until Winter presents him with a spectacular snowflake, at which point Father Time, with a "tear in his eye," agrees to play. As he gives Winter a goodnight kiss, he acknowledges the lesson he's learned about making time for his son. Couch's frosty paintings are both dazzling and inventive. Wheels and clock parts surround Father Time's cubist moon face; stars and planets encircle his head like a halo. But the arresting images and sophisticated artwork may be as confusing to youngsters as the text. Unfortunately, Plourde's problematic story seems to suggest that the only surefire way a child can get his father's attention is to impress him. Despite the use of playful nonsense words that fill out the rhythm (father and son "wristle and wrestle" and they "rizzle and romp"), the book's message seems addressed more to workaholic fathers than to children. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Picture Winter not as the usual "Old Man" but as the frisky son of Mother Earth and Father Time. As he waits for his father to come play with him, Winter magically transforms our world. "He whistens and glistens/ the world in white/ till it spangles and sparkles/ ever so bright." In brief verses he freezes waterfalls and cuts out snowflakes, until his Father can proudly admire his work and join him in a happy blizzard frolic. When they finally fall asleep, it's up to Mother Earth to "make sure Spring doesn't oversleep." The jacket/cover illustration sets the stage for the double-page spreads that house the verses and imaginative acrylic and colored pencil pictures. Couch plays with the color blue; he saturates the pages with its many variants, creates sprays of snow crystals, a Milky Way, swirling clouds and more, as young, not-quite-real Winter dances. Father Time's strange round face is part white and part night-dark, but his feeling for his son is strong. 2001, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $16.00. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Mother Earth sees Winter bouncing on the bed, she sends him off to find Father Time, who says that he is too busy to play. Winter finds ways to pass the time: painting the grass with frost, carving ice sculptures, and cutting out snowflakes. When Father Time's work is done, the two wrestle in the sky, causing a blizzard below. As father and son settle in for a cozy nap, Mother Earth tiptoes past, on her way to wake up Spring. Plourde's rhyming text flows well and the language trips off the tongue: "He snizzes and snips/lacy designs./Sprools and sprinkles them/on meadows and pines." However, Couch's sumptuous illustrations are the real attention-grabbers here. Using acrylic paint and colored pencils, the artist creates a beautiful frosty landscape out of deep blues, purples, and whites. Each small touch, from Father Time's half-night/half-day face to Winter's impishly pointed icicle of a nose, adds to the otherworldly feel of the artwork. Anyone who has ever recognized the quiet magic of a snowy day will feel right at home with these atmospheric paintings. A lovely mood piece about a perennially popular topic.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Plourde and Couch continue their seasonally themed picture-book partnership, which began with Wild Child (1999), a well-received story of young Autumn and Mother Nature. In this beautifully illustrated sequel, Winter is a barefoot boy in flowing robes made of snow drifts, a Jack Frost figure in icy shades of blue and silver with an icicle nose and snowflake eyes. He waits impatiently for Father Time to have time to play, amusing himself by creating frosty pictures, ice sculptures, and a special giant snowflake as a gift to please his daddy. Plourde tells her story in rhymes that freeze up occasionally, but she also has a flair for rich vocabulary and some ingenious made-up words. The dark, crystalline world of a winter night is wonderfully captured in Couch's swirling double-page-spread illustrations done in acrylics and colored pencils, and he works wonders with the personification of Winter and Father Time. Mother Earth appears on the last page, promising not to let Spring oversleep, so another seasonal saga seems in the works from this talented team. This won't be a favorite with literal-minded little ones, but will be enjoyed by those imaginative children who can appreciate an absorbing allegorical adventure along the lines of Barbara Helen Berger's Grandfather Twilight (1984). Teachers of older children will also use this oversized picture book as an introduction to mythical characters or allegory or as a springboard to creative-writing assignments. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689832680
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
11/01/1900
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 11.42(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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