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WHEN WINTER COMES: A LULLABY

Author: Nancy Van Laan

Illustrator: Susan Gaber

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Publisher: Simon Schuster,

Material: hard cover

Summary: During a family walk, a child receives reassuring answers to the questions of where animals and plants go in the winter. Using lyrical prose, this book explores the metamorphosis from summer to winter in a calm and reassuring manner.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Started reading with a child 21 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: The illustrations of the dog and family intrigued toddler. The calming rhyme settled her down.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a very comfortable, soothing book; perfect for a nap-time read on a wintry day. It made this parent long for a nap as well!

Pros: The rhythm of the book conveys a cuddly, snuggle-up feeling that is quintessential winter. It's perfect reading for quiet times and naps.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy this book, even for a toddler. The calming rhyme and relaxing illustrations immediately catch their attention. They'll absorb the questions and answers later.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TOTALLY POLAR   THE SNOWY DAY   AND STILL THE TURTLE WATCHED

Educational Themes: This book provides reassuring and understandable answers to where flowers, leaves, animals and fish go in winter.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - nature, poetry, picture book, rhyme, animals

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2003

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