Monday, December 24, 2018

Book of the Weeks (December 24 and December 31): Winter Is Here

by Kevin Henkes
Illustrated by Laura Dronzek 

Published by Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2018
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-274718-1

Ages 3-6

Comforting illustrations with wintry hues—deep blues, bright blues, grays and whites—and cozy scenes featuring animals, brightly clad children, and snow and wind and ice, grace the pages of this picture book in which the lush acrylic artwork amplifies keen observations about the season expressed in the sparkling narrative. Winter is “falling …dripping … sticking ... reaching …crouching ….settling” in fresh, vivid descriptions. Winter sits softly (snow), but can also be hard (ice). It is inside and outside. Quiet and loud. “The wind howls in every language.” Winter is clothing: boots and vests and scarves and mittens and lots of zippers. And winter stays…and stays, until it “shrinks away bit by bit … peeking back then moving on.” To spring, of course. An artful picture book offering delight in the language, the images, and the harmony of their pairing. ©2018 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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