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Waiting for Winter Hardcover – June 1, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Sebastian Meschenmoser's work. Wonderful illustrations, great story, clever twist at the end. While you're at it, add Mr. Squirrel and the Moon to your cart too.Published 3 months ago by Troubadour'sWife
This is the best book I've purchased all year!! I purchased two copies of it from a local bookstore and convinced several friends to buy copies also. Read morePublished 7 months ago by aseids
This book blew my socks off. But I don't understand why it's so expensive. It's for sale at my school's book fair right now for $10.99. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Arthur Karp
Lovely story with beautifully rendered pencil illustrations. Brilliant children's book which can be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone.Published 11 months ago by Annushka
Bought this book for my grandson and just love the comedy and art work! Has become a family favorite with the other grandchildren also!Published 21 months ago by Kat G.
My 3 1/2, 5 and 8 year old children all enjoyed this cute story. The amusing illustrations had them all giggling. The drawings are well done.Published on September 10, 2013 by jgdom
The illustrations are beautiful. Picture book just right for 3-5 yr olds. Good way to lean into a discussion about waiting or hibernation.Published on December 15, 2012 by Jane Legendre
Did not buy through Amazon, happened by it in a store one day. The adults cracked up laughing previewing it and my 2 year old loved it! Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by Gravessk