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
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.)--Publishers Weekly, *STARRED REVIEW "May 26, 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.