Winter friends

by Quattlebaum, Mary.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 11 of 12 copies
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Summary
A snowfall. A lost mitten. A chance meeting. A winter day just right for new friendships and fun. The weather outside may be frosty, but Mary Quattlebaum's lively story in poems and Hiroe Nakata's joyful illustrations celebrate the good times to be had by all. So curl up with Winter Friends and delight in the simple pleasure of the season!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "PreS-Gr. 2. The book's title is bland, but the poetry inside is invigorating, just like a crisp winter day. The poems follow one girl who awakens to see that "In violet slippers / and pink-striped robe, / dawn peeks at the world in its white nightclothes." The plow "crowds" the snow, paving the way for a mother-daughter excursion. Once outside, the girl spies something: "a cold hand / hides, / a numb thumb seeks / what I have spied." She grabs the mitten, and soon enough, the owner shows up. Other winter moments get their own poems: "Winter breath," is a "ghost horse, all wispy mane and misty tail." Then there's the squirrel unable to find the "fat nut tucked in the hidey hole," and hot chocolate whose steam is an invitation. Kids will especially like the concrete poem "Sledding," with words slipping down the side of page, mirroring the children "swooping" and "speeding" down the adjacent hill. Nakata mines all the frosty fun in his winsome watercolor illustrations, which are as varied in composition and effect as the poetry. A book that provides something to smile about with each new reading. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "I cold-toe creep/ to the window to see/ the covers heaped/ on each bare tree," begins the girl narrator of a series of clever, gentle poems that detail wintertime activities. Nakata's (Got to Dance) watercolors capture the girl peering out of an apartment window at a rosy dawn and "the world/ in its white nightclothes." The text appeals to all five senses, as the heroine listens to a snowplow "Large and loud... breaking the hush/ like a clock alarm." Although each poem can stand alone, together they form a simple story about a lost mitten. Quattlebaums's (Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns) meticulous text and Nakata's bright watercolors are stylish and elegantly concise. The collaborators uniquely reimagine traditional scenes: the girl sees an "Icicle Piano" hanging from a roof and watches her breath form "ghost horse[s]" that gallop away. The heroine's early discovery of a lost blue mitten gives the narrative dramatic force, and when she searches out its owner ("His shyly waving/ hand is bare"), she makes a new friend. By book's end, all the people the children have met gather in the girl's apartment for an impromptu cocoa party. In addition to capturing the feel of winter from a child's point of view, the book quietly celebrates citydwellers sharing warmth on a cold day. As the ending poem suggests, the city in winter is a place where the wind can whisper "a thousand tiny promises." Ages 2-5. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Lost articles -- Juvenile poetry.
Friendship -- Juvenile poetry.
Mittens -- Juvenile poetry.
Winter -- Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, American.
Publisher New York :Doubleday Book for Young Readers,2005
Contributors Nakata, Hiroe.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 0385746261 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0385908687 (library binding : alk. paper)
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