Dear Rebecca, Winter Is Here

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From a letter written by her grandmother, Rebecca learns that winter began on June 21, while she was cooling off under the hose. The northern half of the Earth began to grow cold, and the days grew shorter. The birds began to fly to the sunny underside of the Earth, and the groundhogs and bears went to sleep. But on December 22, summer will begin. Before long, Rebecca will take off her shoes and jump over bluebells.

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Jean Craighead George is the author of over eighty books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and her novel My Side of the Mountain was a Newbery Honor Book in 1960. She has continued to write acclaimed picture books and novels that celebrate the natural world. She lives in Chappaqua, New York, and has had over 173 pets in the time she has lived there, among them geese and ducks.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-"Winter is here. It was brought by little hands of darkness. Each little hand is a few minutes long." Thus a woman begins to explain the solstice to her young granddaughter. In spare prose, George details all the wonders that the season brings. The simplicity of her writing belies the wealth of information that the narrative contains. However, her metaphor of "little hands" that bring on winter may need some adult interpretation. Krupinski's stunning, opaque gouache, watercolor, and colored-pencil art covers three-quarters of each double-page spread. Wispy, soft textures and deep colors aptly capture the stillness of the snow and the cold air. Whether marching with Canada geese, sitting on a barren tree branch next to a squirrel's nest, howling with wolves on the hillside, diving down a snowbank with an otter, or making snow angels, the art places readers inside each scene. An author's note about the solstice precedes the text. Other choices might be Nancy White Carlstrom's Goodbye Geese (Philomel, 1991) or Ann Schweninger's Wintertime (Viking, 1990), but this effort from a versatile author and a talented illustrator is a whole-language beauty.
Dot Minzer, North Barrington School, Barrington, IL
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