Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow

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The forest animals are facing a winter in the woods. They all deal with this time of year in different ways. This rhyming picture book visits several forest animals at their wintering places and takes a peek at how they will spend the season. The rhythm is so strong in the text that it almost sounds like a song, and the repetition adds to that musicality. This will become a real favorite with the youngest of listeners and will bring about calls for readings and re-readings on a daily basis.

Author Sharon Gibson Palermo has a great grasp of not only what subject matter (animals are ALWAYS popular with the kiddies) will interest these young listeners, but also how to build a consistent rhythm and rhyme to keep their interest high but also to lull them into a quiet time. Illustrator Christina Song has used cut-paper illustrations with painted details to give absolutely charming completion to this lovely story. In addition, there is a section in the back that discusses the winter habits of the eight forest animals covered in the book. This would be a perfect holiday gift for youngsters and their parents.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 24 pages
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Publish Date 2016-09-01
ISBN 9781585369539 Buy this Book
Issue December 2016
Category Children's


  1. Brenda Teed

    a very interesting book for my 2 1/2 year old…he will love the animals!!

  2. Margaret Rockwell

    This is an absolutely magical book, and one that I will happily give to three little people on my gift list this year. I am confident the two youngest children will be quick to respond to the rhyme and the illustrations, and Ican already picture the slightly older brother edging onto the bed to listen himself. He will also enjoy the factual material at the back of the book. The simple language in which the writer describes the winter world of animals is as reassuring and revealing as a paw print in fresh snow.

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