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Winter Waits Hardcover – November, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st edition (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689832680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689832680
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Plourde and Couch pick up where they left off with the autumnal Wild Child, this time featuring a boy who personifies winter. The fantasy is more complex and abstract than the previous title and may well puzzle more than challenge or entertain youngest readers. When small Winter in his Wee Willie Winkle hat wants his father's attention, Father Time answers, "Just a minute, big guy./ My work's not done." His father ignores him until Winter presents him with a spectacular snowflake, at which point Father Time, with a "tear in his eye," agrees to play. As he gives Winter a goodnight kiss, he acknowledges the lesson he's learned about making time for his son. Couch's frosty paintings are both dazzling and inventive. Wheels and clock parts surround Father Time's cubist moon face; stars and planets encircle his head like a halo. But the arresting images and sophisticated artwork may be as confusing to youngsters as the text. Unfortunately, Plourde's problematic story seems to suggest that the only surefire way a child can get his father's attention is to impress him. Despite the use of playful nonsense words that fill out the rhythm (father and son "wristle and wrestle" and they "rizzle and romp"), the book's message seems addressed more to workaholic fathers than to children. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-When Mother Earth sees Winter bouncing on the bed, she sends him off to find Father Time, who says that he is too busy to play. Winter finds ways to pass the time: painting the grass with frost, carving ice sculptures, and cutting out snowflakes. When Father Time's work is done, the two wrestle in the sky, causing a blizzard below. As father and son settle in for a cozy nap, Mother Earth tiptoes past, on her way to wake up Spring. Plourde's rhyming text flows well and the language trips off the tongue: "He snizzes and snips/lacy designs./Sprools and sprinkles them/on meadows and pines." However, Couch's sumptuous illustrations are the real attention-grabbers here. Using acrylic paint and colored pencils, the artist creates a beautiful frosty landscape out of deep blues, purples, and whites. Each small touch, from Father Time's half-night/half-day face to Winter's impishly pointed icicle of a nose, adds to the otherworldly feel of the artwork. Anyone who has ever recognized the quiet magic of a snowy day will feel right at home with these atmospheric paintings. A lovely mood piece about a perennially popular topic.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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I highly recommend these books for all children.
Debbie Striker
I fell in love with Wild Child when reading this to my children... so as soon as I saw Winter Waits, we immediately snapped it up, and was not dissapointed.
Lissa
This book has beautiful, dream-like illustrations combined with a story that is pure poetry.
Bedtime Reader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I first discovered Lynn Plourde and Greg Couch's book Wild Child serveral years ago and loved reading it to my multi-age primary classroom students. The children also created delightful portraits of "Wild Child". I loved the way Wild Child suggested that a sibling would be coming along and, sure enough, here comes Winter! Winter Waits is equally beautiful and depicts a tender father/child relationship not unlike the Mother/child relationship in Wild Child. My students remember these books and look forward to reading them every year. We can't wait for Spring's arrival!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lissa on March 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I fell in love with Wild Child when reading this to my children... so as soon as I saw Winter Waits, we immediately snapped it up, and was not dissapointed. Lynn Plourde's wonderful wordplay tickles the ears when read aloud, and Greg Couch's beautiful illustrations have many subtle layers to explore and talk over with children. This book is geared mostly towards the beginning reader set: However, being a prospective teacher, I can fully see myself reading Winter Waits and the companion books to a third grade level, for fun a well as to teach them about freestyle poetry, and how words can be used for description (perhaps sparking a budding writer?). I cannot recommend this book enough!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on June 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Winter Waits" is an enjoyable children's story. Lynn Plourde's easy-to-read rhyming text is nicely complemented by Greg Couch's excellent illustrations.
In this story, Winter is the playful child of Mother Earth and Father Time. The plot is simple: Winter waits for his father to finish work so that they can spend some time together. Winter amuses himself in the meantime by turning the world into a wintry playground. Sample text: "So Winter waits / for an hour or two, / painting the grass / with a frosty hue."
Couch's colorful illustrations have a playfully surreal quality to them. Overall, this is a fun book that celebrates both family ties and the virtue of patience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MEA Mom on November 24, 2007
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This is a beautifully illustrated book with a cute story about Winter waiting for Father Time to finish his work. My whole family thoroughly enjoys all four of Plourde's season books - they are all beautiful and fun! A good addition to the family library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations alone made this a necessary addition to my library--they glow with a Chagall-like luminescence. The story itself is clever and loving.
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More About the Author

Lynn Plourde is the author of numerous kids' books. Most are funny, but some will make you cry. She's a word-player: highfalutin fidgeting, fiddling, fuddling, and foopling. She even makes up words: shmuffle, rizzle, and puckery-smuckery. She's written about those who inspire: a biography of Margaret Chase Smith and a graphic novel about Donn Fendler and his miraculous survival saga. She's a teaching author who has done hundreds of visits to schools where she shares her books interactively, acts some out as plays, and teaches writing mini-lessons (i.e. copycat stories, problem stories, character stories, fables, graphic novel scenes). Having worked more than two decades as a speech-language therapist, Lynn utilizes the knowledge of sounds and instructional skills she gained from that earlier profession in her career as a kids' book author. Lynn is a native Mainer who frequently uses her home state as inspiration when writing about moose, muddy ruds, the four seasons, Mount Katahdin, and being "at one" with nature. She lives in Winthrop, Maine, with her husband. You can learn more about her at her website: www.lynnplourde.com

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