Winter Waits

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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 ...

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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.

Father Time's son, Winter, tries to get his busy father's attention.

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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
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: 11/1/1900
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    A Book You'll Always Remember

    A heart-felt story with a mythical family that all parents will relate to. The child, Winter, has to wait for his busy parents to finish work so they can play. Whimsical illustrations. Even my younger kids enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    The Story of Nature's Family Continues

    As the author of this book, I was excited to continue the story of Nature's family. In WILD CHILD, Autumn and Mother Earth told the universal story of a child not wanting to go to bed. In this sequel book, WINTER WAITS, Winter and Father Time tell the universal story of a parent being too busy to play with a child. But Winter is a persistent young lad. He keeps busy while he waits for his father to finish setting the world's clocks--he 'whistens and glistens' the world in frost, then 'chimmers and chisels' a frozen waterfall into an ice sculpture, and then finally 'sprools and sprinkles' snowflakes all over the earth. Each time he returns to his father to see if he's ready to play yet. At last, Father Time realizes that playing with his son is more important than work and they 'wristle and wrestle, frisk and frolic, scuffle and scamper away.' Once again, as in WILD CHILD, Greg Couch's illustrations are magnificent. His blues, pinks, purples, and turquoises set a wintry mood. And his Father Time is a collection of many visual time references--a sun dial nose, half-moon face, a constellation body, etc. And Winter's special gift to his father is a magnificent snowflake that seems to glow in its radiant beauty. This book is about the gift a time--one of the most precious gifts we all have--a gift I hope we all can learn to savor and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2001

    A Marvelous book about the beauty of nature

    I can't begin to explain how excited I was when this book came out. I am a big fan of the author's first book on the beauty of the seasons-Wild Child set in Autumn, and to see that another book has been written in the same style with the same beautiful illustrations had me ready to run outside in the snow and enjoy the beauty of the outside world. I am a children's bookseller at Barnes and Noble and this book as well as Wild Child are on my highly reccomended list for my customers. I am a big fan of children's books that incorporate nature and its many wonders in a poetic and easy to understand format and this book is on the A list. The depictions of Winter and Father Time and the winter words that are put into play throughout the story are wonderful. This is an eye catching easy to read and understand book for children. I have read it at my story times before and it is always a big hit. Add this to your children's bookshelf, you will be happy that you did

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