When winter comes

Nancy Van Laan

Book - 2000

Rhyming text asks what happens to different animals and plants "when winter comes and the cold wind blows."

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2000.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
0689817789
Main Author
Nancy Van Laan (-)
Other Authors
Susan Gaber (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Winter's first snowflakes have arrived, and as they dance to earth with the lingering autumn leaves, a bundled-up family and their pet Scottie head outdoors to celebrate the world being transformed. "Where oh where do the leaves all go/ when winter comes and the cold winds blow?" begins Van Laan's (So Say the Little Monkeys) poetic text. Similarly phrased questions all with this lilting refrain prompt a variety of rhyming answers. Caterpillars, for instance, retreat "Inside their cocoons,/ so tightly wound,/ waiting for spring/ to bring green to the ground." Even the family's red-cheeked child has a cozy haven from the ever-deepening snow in "a warm, warm bed/ .../ snuggling deep, fast asleep." Gaber (Pierre's Dream) uses a textured, antique-looking background for her wintry skies with a hint of holly berry-red and pine-green shades, and frames her nature scenes from a variety of viewpoints. Her characters' bright faces and vibrant outer vestments offer warm relief from the frigid winter scenery. Ages 2-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2-This lilting book celebrates the onset of winter: "Where oh where do the leaves all go/when winter comes and the cold winds blow?" This question is repeated for flowers, caterpillars, songbirds, field mice, deer, and fish. The rhyming answers use simple and accessible language. Gaber's exuberant acrylic paintings show a child, mother, father, and dog taking a walk through the woods during a snowfall. The use of perspective in the illustrations unifies the book, as broad landscapes appear on the question pages, while close-ups of the family and the animals and plants being discussed appear on the pages with the answers. Through both words and pictures, this book conveys a sense of joy in the changing seasons. From the title page showing the characters bundling up to go outside, to the cozy views of field mice and deer cuddling close for warmth, to the final spread where the child has been tucked into a warm bed, this simple story is the literary equivalent of a cup of hot cocoa on a cold day.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Rhyming text asks what happens to different animals and plants "when winter comes and the cold wind blows."

Review by Publisher Summary 2

As a family takes a stroll during the first snowfall, the parents explain what happens to all the plants and animals during the winter months, in a picture book by the illustrator of The Stable Where Jesus Was Born.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Rhyming text asks where different animals go "when winter comes and the cold wind blows."

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Where oh where do the leaves all go when winter comes and the cold winds blow?

What happens to fish, flowers, field mice, and other living things when ponds freeze and the air turns blustery? Walk with a curious child and his parents as winter's first snow falls and find out....