Winter Is Coming
"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.
- Hardback | 28 pages
- 244 x 282 x 15mm | 399g
- 26 Aug 2014
- Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
- United States
- Illustrations, color
Armed with a sketchbook and patience, a young girl watches animals from a platform in a tree. With quiet appreciation, the narrator describes what she sees on visits made from September through late November to her special place on the edge of the woods. She watches a fox take the last apple from a tree. A bear mother "snuffles for food" with her cub. Honking Canada geese fly overhead. There are skunks, acorn woodpeckers, rabbits, chipmunks, a deer with still-spotted fawns and turkeys. One day the lucky girl even observes a lynx. "I stay quiet, quiet / to keep it here-- / for a moment." Even on the gray, cold day on which no animals come, the narrator sits patiently, her back to readers, steadily waiting and watching. LaMarche's illustrations, done mostly in shades of orange and brown with acrylics, colored pencil and inks, beautifully and realistically portray the ever changing woods, trees, plants and animals. The girl's appreciation for all she sees and hears is as evident in her face and body language as it is in the text. While not as obviously place-specific as the prolific author's Desert Song, illustrated by Ed Young (2000), the flora and fauna are recognizably Californian--but the appeal will be universal. This gentle, lyrical celebration of the natural world will reward similarly observant readers. (Picture book. 4-8)--Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED REVIEW "June 15, 2014 "
About Tony Johnston
Tony Johnston is the award-winning author of more than 100 beloved children's books. She lives with her family in San Marino, California, where she grew up. Jim LaMarche is one of the most talented artists working in children's books today. His many successful books include Rainbabies by Laura Kraus Melmed and Albert by Donna Jo Napoli, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and Up and Raft, which he also wrote. Most recently he illustrated The Carpenter's Gift by David Rubel and Puma Dreams by Tony Johnston. Jim lives in Santa Cruz, California.