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Author: Marion Dane Bauer

Illustrator: Ted Lewin

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Publisher: Holiday House,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Winter's cold and dark is here. Each of the animals believes it is "the one" to bring back the sun. The wind is wiser and knows it is not about flying high into the sky or using strong antlers. It is the chickadee's song that will bring back the sun. This is a story poem about the Winter Solstice

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.3

Age of Child: Read with a 10-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: At first our daughter thought this "too babyish" for her. Then, as we kept reading, she settled in and snuggled close. When we finished reading, she picked up the book, looked at the illustrations slowly, and read it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautiful book - both words and images. It is not a rhyming story, but it has a soothing lyric like a lullaby. The colors exude the chill of the season, too.

Pros: Soothing verse and beautiful illustrations make this a perfect bedtime story for a cold winter's night.

Cons: None!

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a beautiful book that can be enjoyed by infants through early elementary years. I would buy it as a gift for new parents.


Educational Themes: This is mostly a story to be shared. There is plenty to share in the illustrations of the animals, or you might also talk about how words can create feelings.

Notes: The Reading Tub picked up a copy of this book at BookExpo America in 2009. There is no expectation of a review.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, seasons, poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2014

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