Charming and spectacular; a wintry delight.

IN THE SNOW

A fresh snowfall is cause for jubilation in this lovely and winning celebration of the magic of winter.

Simple, evocative text and gorgeous artwork capture the delight of a young, black girl upon waking to a thick cover of freshly fallen snow in this beautifully designed board book. Together with her mother and her dog, she puts in a full day of winter play: gliding across frozen puddles, drawing in the snow, building a snowman, sledding, and, of course, making snow angels. Oliphant’s illustrations are primarily two-page scenes, occasionally broken up into separate, sequential panels, with the text flowing beneath, one line of a rhymed couplet per page. “Clouds glide over hills. / Snow falls. All is still. // Open window. Shout, ‘Hooray!’ / Dash outside. Time to play!” The accompanying illustrations convey the silent stillness of a pre-dawn snowfall as well as the eager excitement of the girl and her canine companion at their first glimpse of snow and as they race outside to revel in it. Text and pictures flow smoothly from scene to scene and from one activity to the next. The illustrations and their subject matter have a beauty, realism, and simplicity that evoke another era and will surely make caregivers nostalgic for the pleasures of their youths. Children, meanwhile, should find this daylong romp in the snow exhilarating.

Charming and spectacular; a wintry delight. (Board book. 18 mos-3)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-56145-855-4

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Peachtree

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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A TREE IS NICE

A nursery school approach to a general concept. "A tree is nice"- Why? Because..."We can climb the tree...play pirate ship...pick the apples...build playhouses out of the leaves. A tree is nice to hang a swing in...Birds build nests in trees... Sticks come off trees...People have picnics there too"...etc. etc. One follows the give and take of a shared succession of reactions to what a tree- or trees- can mean. There is a kind of poetic simplicity that is innate in small children. Marc Simont has made the pictures, half in full color, and they too have a childlike directness (with an underlying sophistication that adults will recognize). Not a book for everyone -but those who like it will like it immensely. The format (6 x 11) makes it a difficult book for shelving, so put it in the "clean hands" section of flat books. Here's your first book for Arbor Day use- a good spring and summer item.

Pub Date: June 15, 1956

ISBN: 978-0-06-443147-7

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Harper

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1956

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A good bet for the youngest bird-watchers.

MAMA BUILT A LITTLE NEST

Echoing the meter of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Ward uses catchy original rhymes to describe the variety of nests birds create.

Each sweet stanza is complemented by a factual, engaging description of the nesting habits of each bird. Some of the notes are intriguing, such as the fact that the hummingbird uses flexible spider web to construct its cup-shaped nest so the nest will stretch as the chicks grow. An especially endearing nesting behavior is that of the emperor penguin, who, with unbelievable patience, incubates the egg between his tummy and his feet for up to 60 days. The author clearly feels a mission to impart her extensive knowledge of birds and bird behavior to the very young, and she’s found an appealing and attractive way to accomplish this. The simple rhymes on the left page of each spread, written from the young bird’s perspective, will appeal to younger children, and the notes on the right-hand page of each spread provide more complex factual information that will help parents answer further questions and satisfy the curiosity of older children. Jenkins’ accomplished collage illustrations of common bird species—woodpecker, hummingbird, cowbird, emperor penguin, eagle, owl, wren—as well as exotics, such as flamingoes and hornbills, are characteristically naturalistic and accurate in detail.

A good bet for the youngest bird-watchers.   (author’s note, further resources) (Informational picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 18, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4424-2116-5

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 4, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2014

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