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Waiting for Winter Hardcover – June 1, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 2—Deer nonchalantly mentions that, "Winter is almost here. I think it is going to snow." Since Squirrel has never seen it, he decides to forgo hibernation, and see what this "white and wet and cold and soft" substance looks like. He waits and waits and waits—but to no avail. He decides to do some exercises in order to stay awake, and along the way he wakes up Hedgehog. They wait and wait, but still no precipitation. Soon, their boredom-busting antics awaken Bear. Based on Deer's definition, each animal finds what he thinks is snow, but readers will know that they're wrong, and will be as delighted as Squirrel, Hedgehog, and Bear when the real flakes begin to fall. One minor quibble with the text and pictures not meshing completely is when Squirrel puts an old tin can on his head, thinking it matches the description of snow, when the picture of the can is clearly shown in shades of gray, not white. The illustrations are deftly drawn in colored pencils, complete with sketching lines that give the renderings depth and maturity. The addition of broadly stroked hues of azure paint when the snow arrives will startle and delight young readers as it makes the white space of the page really come to life. This is a beautiful title to share with children on a lap or with a small group.—Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Dix Hills, NY END

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Informed that snow is coming—“White and wet and cold and soft”—young Squirrel vows not to miss this new experience. Fearful that he may fall asleep while waiting, he and his friends try exercise and singing; finally, they set off in search of the elusive white stuff, mistakenly imagining the forest covered with discarded toothbrushes, old tin cans, and abandoned socks. At long last the predicted precipitation arrives, blanketing the forest in a luscious whiteness that enables Squirrel and his friends to construct a snowman. Meschenmoser’s sketch-pad colored-pencil artwork features mostly browns and grays until a wash of blue is added along with the arrival of snow. Squirrel’s impatient and exuberant personality is naturally well suited to young listeners, who will giggle appreciatively as he rushes frenetically from branch to branch. A great story hour choice (especially for preschoolers who don’t remember snow from the previous year); pair with Bernette Ford’s First Snow (2005). Preschool-Grade 2. --Kay Weisman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935279041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935279044
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My reviewing process is very neat and orderly. As I read books I place them on my To Be Read shelf, where they are cataloged by those most likely to get a review to those least likely. Everything has its place. Some titles wait months before I get to them. But once in a great while, if I'm lucky, I run across a book so spectacular that I have to review it immediately. "Waiting for Winter" was that book. Now if I say the name Sebastian Meschenmoser to you, does it ring any bells? No? Well, the man first burst on the American scene with his touching if strange "Learning to Fly" about a penguin with flights of fancy. But "Waiting for Winter", his latest title to be released here in the States, is far more accessible to the American market. It is smart, clever, beautifully illustrated, and downright funny. Each season there is one good "snow" book that comes out for kids. This book should be considered the good snow book of this and any other year. Read it!

Under normal circumstances, Squirrel tends to sleep through the winter. However, this year Squirrel has heard from Deer that it's going to snow soon. Squirrel has never seen it snow before so he commits himself to staying up to wait for it. When merely staying up doesn't work he runs like a madman to keep himself occupied. Such energy wakes up Hedgehog, who also has never seen snow before. To keep themselves open eyed they sing loud sea shanties which, in turn, wakes up Bear. Now all three animals are waiting for snow. But what if it has already fallen? Taking Deer's description of the element ("White and wet and cold and soft") each one finds an object that might be snow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've had this book on my desk for awhile, wanting to write the review, but then hesitating. It's important for me to do a good job of conveying exactly wonderful this one is. Really, I think this is one of the very best children's books of the year. The illustrations are glorious and the writing is darn funny.

Squirrel (on the cover) hears from Deer that winter is nearly here and that snow will be coming soon. Squirrel has never before seen snow and decides this will be the year he does. All he needs to do is stay awake instead of hibernating and he will be sure to see the first snow of the season. Waiting ... waiting ... waiting is boring. And being bored makes Squirrel sleepy. To keep from drifting off, Squirrel darts around rapidly on his tree. His scrabbling wakes Hedgehog, who decides to join his friend in his snow quest.

To keep themselves awake, the pair decide to sing sea shanties. Their boisterous singing wakes Bear, who looks none too happy. Nevertheless, Bear agrees to help them keep watch. Deer told Squirrel that the snow would be "White and wet and cold and soft." In turn, each friend finds an item lying in the forest that partially fits the description: a toothbrush, a tin can and a dirty sock. These pages are hilarious, where each animal imagines their item falling in clusters from the sky. Just as the friends are feeling discouraged and very tired, the very first snowflakes start falling.

Beautiful, amazing illustrations make this book a joy to read. Several of the pages are devoid of words, but the drawings can definitely stand on their own, which is hardly the case with most books. This is a terrific mix of humor, lovable characters and gorgeous art! I wholeheartedly recommend this - I hope you'll love it as much as we do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Majic2930 on February 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I can't say it any better than the professional reviewers already have, but this book is a gem! It is a cute and silly story, but the illustrations are what make this book. The animals are realistic, yet so human in their expressions. Squirrel's antics keeping himself awake could be my children trying to stay up at night and I recognized a bit of myself in Bear's expression. Each time I turned the page I was literally laughing out loud at the next unexpected picture or line. From start to finish it is cute, sweet and so very very funny. So few children's books are fun for the adults as well. I could read this one over and over (and I do!) because each time I look at a page, new details emerge making it richer each time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Waiting For Winter" is a charming children's picture book about Squirrel's not so patient approach to waiting for winter and snow. Joined by friends Hedgehog, Bear, and Deer, Squirrel tries a variety of methods to pass the time or to distinguish that wet, cold white stuff called snow from a variety of other comical media. Just when the animals' efforts grow wearisome, the amazing event of first snowflake touchdown occurs! In a series of wonderful, poignant artistic illustrations, the animals celebrate the marvelous event of winter, and then curl up to sleep through the rest of it. "Waiting For Winter" will appeal to children age 4 and up. The author/illustrator's sense of humor is a great enhancer of the impact of the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My six-year-old insisted we check this out from the library one hot summer afternoon. I guess she was missing winter:) There's not much text in this book, but what it lacks in text, it makes up for in the delightful illustrations. At first glance, my daughter asked why the book was all "scribbly", because that is what it looks like upon first impression - the illustrations appear like scribbles. However, as we continued perusing the book, page after page, we both became mesmerized by the illustrations. They appear so life-like, I half expected the squirrel, hedgehog and bear to get up and amble off the pages!

The book starts with deer telling squirrel that winter is approaching and that snow will soon arrive. Squirrel has yet to see snow and all he learns from deer is that snow is "white and wet and cold and soft." Then squirrel meets hedgehog and bear and all three have different conceptions of what snow is until the real thing arrives. It is fun to browse through the pages and see how the three animals find their own interpretations of snow. The illustrations are truly enchanting and will have readers young and old in stitches (there's one full spread illustration showing raining white toothbrushes - hedgehog's idea of snow falling down!). My favorite is the bear, all scruffy and annoyed that the first snow hasn't yet arrived, signaling it is time to hibernate. This makes a delightful picture book for children with its sense of wonder and imagination.
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