Review by Booklist Review
Fitting snugly between Hello Autumn! (2017) and Hello Spring! (2017), Rotner's latest picture book captures the cold season in a series of nicely varied photos. In the natural world, a red sunset glows through bare tree branches, and ice forms on a pond. Some of the photos include wild or domesticated animals. Most feature a diverse crew of children, shown singly or in groups, sometimes cozy indoors, but usually active outdoors and often smiling for the camera. One double-page spread near the end includes holiday celebrations, while the final pages use melting snow and sprouting branches to depict winter giving way to spring. The clarity, composition, and layout of Rotner's color photos is quite good, and she chooses subjects with appeal for children. Providing a good narrative for reading aloud, brief sentences comment on chilly air, freezing water, snow play, winter sports, and wild animals' cold-weather adaptations. Well designed for use in preschool and primary-grade classrooms, this appealing picture book offers plenty for young children to observe, discuss, and enjoy.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2018 Booklist
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Review by School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 2-The sights, smells, and feelings of winter come alive in the vivid photographic illustrations found in this latest from Rotner. As the days get shorter, winter begins to set in, bringing with it chilly weather, crystalline snowflakes, and memorable celebrations. Readers are introduced to myriad activities associated with the season in the text and images. Whether or not the activities are familiar, new vocabulary and concepts are easily understood thanks to the thoughtful design of each spread. The text is composed of short words and phrases, making this book accessible to a wide range of readers. Select words are emphasized in color within each sentence throughout the text, from the deep red of fall through the blues of winter to the fresh green of spring; serving to link Rotner's other season-themed titles together. The descriptive text couples beautifully with the vibrant illustrations to create a nearly tangible winter wonderland. VERDICT An excellent addition to most nonfiction collections, especially as a companion to Rotner's other works.-Mary Lanni, Denver Public Library © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Horn Book Review
Following Hello Autumn! and Hello Spring!, this third seasonal photo-essay features crisp, colorful photos of a diverse group of children enjoying the season. From sledding to making snowballs to drinking hot chocolate, children bundle up, play outside, and keep cozy. The spare text also describes weather changes and plants' and animals' winter behaviors and adaptations. Glos. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
Rotner follows up her celebrations of spring and autumn with this look at all things winter.Beginning with the signs that winter is comingbare trees, shorter days, colder temperaturesRotner eases readers into the season. People light fires and sing songs on the solstice, trees and plants stop growing, and shadows grow long. Ice starts to form on bodies of water and windows. When the snow flies, the fun beginsbundle up and then build forts, make snowballs and snowmen (with eyebrows!), sled, ski (nordic is pictured), skate, snowshoe, snowboard, drink hot chocolate. Animals adapt to the cold as well. "Birds grow more feathers" (there's nothing about fluffing and air insulation) and mammals, more hair. They have to search for food, and Rotner discusses how many make or find shelter, slow down, hibernate, or go underground or underwater to stay warm. One page talks about celebrating holidays with lights and decorations. The photos show a lit menorah, an outdoor deciduous tree covered in huge Christmas bulbs, a girl next to a Chinese dragon head, a boy with lit luminarias, and some fireworks. The final spread shows signs of the season's shift to spring. Rotner's photos, as always, are a big draw. The children are a marvelous mix of cultures and races, and all show their clear delight with winter.A solid addition to Rotner's seasonal series. Bring on summer. (Informational picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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