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Now It Is Winter Hardcover – August 15, 2004
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PreS–A fretful young mouse learns to live in the moment in this lovely picture book. Through lyrical language, Spinelli presents the youngster's concerns ("Will spring ever come?/Will I hear the sleepy sound/of soft rain/pattering on the roof?") and his mother's reassurances ("Yes, there will be spring and rain./But now it is winter./Now sleet twinkles down/sprinkling the roof"). While his brothers and sisters frolic through the snow in the gorgeous acrylic and cut-paper illustrations, the little creature trails after his mother, asking when he will next experience his favorite springtime activities, foods, and animals. She opens his eyes to the joys of the present, and the last illustration shows him hanging up a drawing of the snowman he has made with her next to his picture of a springtime sun. Textured brush strokes capture the crisp beauty of winter and the warm coziness of the animals' home. The gentle, intimate tone makes this book a natural bedtime story or a quietly compelling read-aloud for any time.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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PreS-Gr. 2. "Will spring ever come? Will there be black raspberries and cream in my breakfast bowl?" asks an impatient young mouse, to which his mother patiently replies, "Yes . . . but now it is winter. Now there is oatmeal in your bowl." More questions about spring follow. In answer to each, Mother points out something that is enjoyable in the wintertime. When the little mouse longs to roll down steep, grassy hills; play tag with his friends in the park; and make paper kites, Mom reminds him that he can sail downhill on his sled, ice skate with his friends, and make a snowman. Spinelli's clever juxtaposition celebrates the joys of both seasons, as DePalma's acrylic and cut-paper illustrations depict colorfully clothed mice above and below ground. A subtle antidote to winter doldrums, this is just right for impatient children who, like the mouse, long for a change of season. Julie Cummins
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