In 1915, the Wyoming range is wild and desolate. When the winter snows come, young Grace and her brother, Luke, are snowed in on the family farm. Thanks to the forethought of their father, they are ready for the long, dark months ahead. With boxes of library books, pencils, and paper, they are prepared to read, do sums, and draw pictures while they await the spring thaw that will allow them to return to the library, the school, and the town. Lucas' simple, nostalgic text is supported by old-fashioned watercolors in a soft palette of blues and greens. The panoramas of western scenery are more successful than the family groupings, but the book is still a smooth, painless way to lead primary-graders to American history--even if the presence of such a well-stocked library on the Wyoming frontier has to be viewed as poetic license.