Alone in the snowy woods with his dog, a boy discovers the wonder of winter trees, one at a time, in a big, quiet space. On every double-page spread, four lines of simple verse and bright linoleum block prints decorated with watercolor and collage capture the stark outlines and the details of what he sees, hears, and touches ("Crunch! Our footsteps make the only sound"). The botanical facts are part of the wonder ("Trees that once had leaves are bare"); he looks closely at six different trees, appreciating the bur oak's massive, intertwining limbs; a bird nesting in the trunk of the paper birch; the sharp needles ("Ouch!") of the white spruce; and more. The blend of play, science, poetry, and art is beautiful; and notes at the back provide more facts about each tree. Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" will make a lovely read-aloud connection. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
K-Gr 2— This book looks at the subtle charms of trees in winter. On a walk through a forest, a boy observes the branches, shapes, and various barks. He and his dog make snow angels, watch animals quietly eating, and tap a maple tree for syrup. The style of this book, both in text and pictures, is as quiet as its subject. In a simple poetic form, seven trees are described: sugar maple, American beech, paper birch, yellow poplar, bur oak, Eastern hemlock, and white spruce. Readers get a sense of what they look like from a distance ("the egg shape of the maple tree/the taller oval of the beech…" and up close ("the peeling bark of paper birch/feeds hungry hares that eat their fill"). Evans's intriguing illustrations mix prints, watercolor, and collage, and are tweaked with digital enhancement. The lines are thick but supple, and the boy's red jacket and golden dog enliven the soft colors of the winter landscape. This title won't jump off the shelves, but it will be appreciated by nature lovers and primary classrooms studying trees and seasonal scenery.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL [Page 131]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
A young boy and his dog walk through the forest in the snow and notice the many diferent types of trees, which, although they have shed their leaves, can still be identified by their shape.Review by Publisher Summary 2
"Trees that once had leaves are bare.They're dressed instead in lacy white.Snow dusts their trunks and coats their limbswith flakes that outline them with light."Join a boy and his dog as they use their senses of sight and touch to identify seven common trees in the snow covered forest. Intricate illustrations and lyrical text make distinguishing different types of trees easy--even in the middle of winter, when only bare branches stand like skeletons against the sky.