________________ CM . . . . Volume XXI Number 19 . . . . January 23, 2015


Winter’s Coming: A Story of Seasonal Change.

Jan Thornhill. Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon.
Toronto, ON: Owlkids Books, 2014.
32 pp., hardcover, pdf & EPUB, $17.95 (hc.), $9.99 (pdf), $9.99 (EPUB).
ISBN 978-1-77147-002-5 (hc.), ISBN 978-1-77147-125-1 (pdf), ISBN 978-1-77147-126-8 (EPUB).

Subject Headings:
Animals-Wintering-Juvenile fiction.
Winter-Juvenile fiction.
Seasons-Juvenile fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 3 / Ages 5-8.

Review by Jane Whittingham.

**½ /4


Lily looked around nervously. She knew about the dangers of coyotes and foxes and owls but had never heard of Winter. If the birds were trying to escape from it, maybe she should, too.


A little hare named Lily keeps hearing about a mysterious entity called "Winter", the imminent arrival of which is driving all of the animals in her forest home to act very strangely. Lily begins to worry - if Winter is coming, what should she do to prepare?

     Filled with information, including an extensive facts section at the end of the story, Winter's Coming could be a valuable resource for elementary school students discovering winter adaptations in the natural world. The lengthy text might be most suitable for older children for whom the picture book could serve as an engaging alternative to drier nonfiction texts.

     The real stars of Winter's Coming are Josée Bisaillon's mixed-media collage illustrations, which capture the rich beauty of the changing seasons and bring the little hare and her world vividly to life.


Jane Whittingham is a Children's Librarian in British Columbia.

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