Winter is coming

Tony Johnston

Book - 2014

Each day, from September through November, brings glimpses of forest animals seeking food in preparation for the onset of winter, from a fox sniffing the last apple on the ground to a flock of wild turkeys that finds nothing.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers c2014.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Item Description
"A Paula Wiseman book."
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 25 x 29 cm
ISBN
9781442472518
1442472510
Main Author
Tony Johnston (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* On a cold September day, a girl takes her binoculars, sketch pad, and pencils outdoors to draw the wildlife around her family's farm. She returns several times before late November, when the first snowflakes fall. Often observing from a platform in a tree, she sketches what she sees: a red fox, a bear with her cub, a lynx, a skunk family, woodpeckers, rabbits, chipmunks, a doe with two fawns, Canada geese, and wild turkeys. The geese are flying south, but the other animals are foraging for food as they prepare to winter in the woods and fields around the farm. Written from the girl's point of view, Johnston's text is plainspoken and natural sounding but poetic in effect, with graceful repetition: on most double-page spreads, the lines end with "Winter is coming." Created with acrylics, colored pencils, and opaque inks, LaMarche's captivating illustrations convey the radiance of an autumn meadow, the girl's rapt attention to her surroundings, and the unique qualities of the animals she observes. Winter may be in the title, but this evocative picture book is best for reading aloud in the fall, when children can notice the subtle changes happening in their own outdoor spaces. A quiet, beautiful picture book to share. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A dark-haired girl sits alone in the woods, observing the behavior of animals from a platform up in a tree. Each animal that ventures into the clearing is getting ready for winter's cold. Though the foliage glows, food is becoming harder to find: "The mother bear snuffles for food among the flaming leaves. The cub snuffles too. But no luck.... Winter is coming." The girl's narration makes it clear that her family possesses a store of knowledge about the natural world. About skunks, she says, "I can smell them before I see them. Not a bad smell; a real smell. My father says animals are true to themselves." In one of several spreads meticulously worked with feather-light strokes, LaMarche (A Single Pearl) looks down on both the skunks and the girl on her platform, doubling the sense of secret observation. Sketches of the skunks lie beside her. With meditative language, Johnston (The Cat with Seven Names) offers a vivid sense of the changing seasons and of stillness. LaMarche quietly and sensitively portrays a child who's comfortable spending hours alone, working on her own projects and observing—a young naturalist. Ages 4–8. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—An empty sketchbook, freshly sharpened pencils, and binoculars set the stage for this luminous story about the powerful magic of being still and experiencing the natural world. Sitting in her tree house, using all her senses to witness the changing season, a girl sketches a variety of Northern animals and notes their habits as they forage for food. The short journal entries combine poetry with pragmatism, resulting in spare, elegant observations about nature: "Dawn burns the sky./A flock of wild turkeys jostles by./They poke everyplace, muttering/food, food, food." Although the variety of animals that she sees within a single season is rather implausible, the respect she has for nature and the life cycle keep the text grounded: "I know animals/are best left alone./Maybe the deer will find enough food./Maybe not./ Soon they move on, nibbling." Gorgeous acrylic and colored pencil illustrations show the wonder that the girl feels and evoke the experience of witnessing the layers of the natural world slowly revealing themselves as apparent stillness becomes full of life—wind rustling leaves, birds chirping, and scurrying insects. This book unflinchingly faces the fact that the cold is coming, the lean season is approaching, and there are endings within the cycle of life. A touching reminder about the beauty of the natural world.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN [Page 86]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Each day, from September through November, brings glimpses of forest animals seeking food in preparation for the onset of winter, from a fox sniffing the last apple on the ground to a flock of wild turkeys that finds nothing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Each day, from September through November, a girl quietly sitting in the woods with her sketchbook glimpses forest animals seeking food in preparation for the onset of winter, from a fox sniffing the last apple to a flock of wild turkeys that finds nothing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Through lyrical text and evocative artwork, a tale of nature and discovery traces the observations of a little girl who quietly sits in her treehouse and watches the animals preparing for the coming winter season.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“A quiet, beautiful picture book to share.” —Booklist (starred review)“This gentle, lyrical celebration of the natural world will reward similarly observant readers.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“A touching reminder about the beauty of the natural world.” —School Library Journal (starred review)“With meditative language, Johnston offers a vivid sense of the changing seasons and of stillness. LaMarche quietly and sensitively portrays a child who’s comfortable spending hours alone, working on her own projects and observing—a young naturalist.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)Witness the changing of a season through a watchful child’s eyes in this story of nature and discovery from award-winning author Tony Johnston and New York Times Best Illustrated artist Jim La Marche.Day after day, a girl goes to her favorite place in the woods and quietly watches from her tree house as the chipmunks, the doe, the rabbits prepare for the winter. As the temperature drops, sunset comes earlier and a new season begins. Silently she observes the world around her as it reveals its secrets. It takes time and patience to see the changes as, slowly but surely, winter comes.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

'A quiet, beautiful picture book to share.' 'Booklist (starred review)'this gentle, lyrical celebration of the natural world will reward similarly observant readers.' 'Kirkus Reviews (starred review)'A touching reminder about the beauty of the natural world.' 'School Library Journal (starred review)'With meditative language, Johnston offers a vivid sense of the changing seasons and of stillness. LaMarche quietly and sensitively portrays a child who's comfortable spending hours alone, working on her own projects and observing'a young naturalist.' 'Publishers Weekly (starred review)Witness the changing of a season through a watchful child's eyes in this story of nature and discovery from award-winning author Tony Johnston and New York Times Best Illustrated artist Jim La Marche.Day after day, a girl goes to her favorite place in the woods and quietly watches from her tree house as the chipmunks, the doe, the rabbits prepare for the winter. As the temperature drops, sunset comes earlier and a new season begins. Silently she observes the world around her as it reveals its secrets. It takes time and patience to see the changes as, slowly but surely, winter comes.