Reviewed: November 6, 2002
By: Story by Ann Dixon
Illustrations by Mindy Dwyer
Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
32 pages, $8.95
we leave summer and get into that season where thereís not a lot you can do in
the north, the common cry I hear from all grade levels seems to be ďBring on
the Winter.Ē Itís as if we might as well get there, into our major season, so
that they can at least begin to work on winter activities.
canít blame them.
itís the same thing over in Willow, Alaska, where Ann Dixon lives. That would
have been the inspiration for this little picture/poetry book which starts off
with the declaration ďWinter is coming and I canít wait.Ē
The verses of the poem follow more or less the
pattern of the verse on the first two page spread, which runs:
creaks and groans,
thick on the lake.
long will it be
the ice doesnít break?
last! We can skate and glide.
of the later verses begin with the opening ďWinter isĒ and go on to name all
its qualities: white, cold, dark, long, light, bright, and finally, gone.
colourful paintings evoke the action in each verse; skating, breathing on
frosty windows, sliding, watching Northern Lights, and so on through the
spectrum of neat winter things to do. The combination on each page makes a good
discussion point for little kids listening to parents reading.
a joyful little book, and what family canít use a bit more joy?