Winter Is Coming

by Tony Johnston and Jim LaMarche

September through November, a girl chronicles the changing of the season from fall... read more

September through November, a girl chronicles the changing of the season from fall to winter in the woods surrounding her home. She observes a variety of creatures across a series of days and weeks foraging for food: fox, lynx, bear, skunk, rabbits, deer, chipmunks. Birds — woodpeckers, Canada Geese, wild turkeys (“muttering food food food” ) — are part of the landscape, too. “Winter is coming” is the repeated refrain. As autumn fades, the sky grows as gray as the geese. Eventually, “Winter is here.” A quiet text is rich with details and experiences that, while not common to every child, can be appreciated by many. The illustrations depict the girl with sketchbook in hand, and the lushness of these paintings with their seasonal hues are charmingly contrasted by childlike sketches of a young artist on the closing endpapers. (Ages 4–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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