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Winter waits
Plourde, Lynn.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Father Time's son, Winter, tries to get his busy father's attention.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 46107.
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Winter sprintsacross the way."Father, Father,come on, let's play."Father Time smilesand kisses his son."Not now, I must work,my littlest one."So Winter waitsfor an hour or two,painting the grasswith a frosty hue...While Winter waits for his father, he finds ways to amuse himself. Winter "whistens and glistens" the world in frost, "whizzles and whittles" ice sculptures, and "snizzes and snips" snowflakes. At last, Father Time turns his full attention to his son, and they "frisk and frolic away."Lynn Plourde, author of the best-selling picture book Wild Child, reunites with acclaimed illustrator Greg Couch to continue the story of Nature's family with this exquisite book that captures the joy of a father-son relationship.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-7. Plourde offers a mild reprimand to overly busy fathers by suggesting that even Father Time himself has parental responsibilities. Little Winter wants to play, but Father Time repeatedly puts him off. While waiting, Little Winter "whistens and glistens the world in white," then proudly shows it all to Father Time, who "tosses / his son way up high. / `Enough work for now. / Let's play in the sky.'" Flowing lines and a rich palette give Couch's billowing, starry scenes a dreamlike quality. Little Winter has a long, pointy nose and a nightcap like a comet's tail; Father, a sphere surrounded by the planets and clockwork, is more a presence than a distinct figure. Later, as Father snuggles down with his son, Mother Earth quietly flows away to "make sure / Spring doesn't oversleep." The message is delivered in a humorous, nonpreachy way, and the metaphorical nature of the cast adds an intriguing subplot. Pair this playful vision with Stephen Gammell's Is That You, Winter? (1997) or Robert Sabuda's Blizzard's Robe (1999). John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

Plourde and Couch pick up where they left off with the autumnal Wild Child, this time featuring a boy who personifies winter. The fantasy is more complex and abstract than the previous title and may well puzzle more than challenge or entertain youngest readers. When small Winter in his Wee Willie Winkle hat wants his father's attention, Father Time answers, "Just a minute, big guy./ My work's not done." His father ignores him until Winter presents him with a spectacular snowflake, at which point Father Time, with a "tear in his eye," agrees to play. As he gives Winter a goodnight kiss, he acknowledges the lesson he's learned about making time for his son. Couch's frosty paintings are both dazzling and inventive. Wheels and clock parts surround Father Time's cubist moon face; stars and planets encircle his head like a halo. But the arresting images and sophisticated artwork may be as confusing to youngsters as the text. Unfortunately, Plourde's problematic story seems to suggest that the only surefire way a child can get his father's attention is to impress him. Despite the use of playful nonsense words that fill out the rhythm (father and son "wristle and wrestle" and they "rizzle and romp"), the book's message seems addressed more to workaholic fathers than to children. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-When Mother Earth sees Winter bouncing on the bed, she sends him off to find Father Time, who says that he is too busy to play. Winter finds ways to pass the time: painting the grass with frost, carving ice sculptures, and cutting out snowflakes. When Father Time's work is done, the two wrestle in the sky, causing a blizzard below. As father and son settle in for a cozy nap, Mother Earth tiptoes past, on her way to wake up Spring. Plourde's rhyming text flows well and the language trips off the tongue: "He snizzes and snips/lacy designs./Sprools and sprinkles them/on meadows and pines." However, Couch's sumptuous illustrations are the real attention-grabbers here. Using acrylic paint and colored pencils, the artist creates a beautiful frosty landscape out of deep blues, purples, and whites. Each small touch, from Father Time's half-night/half-day face to Winter's impishly pointed icicle of a nose, adds to the otherworldly feel of the artwork. Anyone who has ever recognized the quiet magic of a snowy day will feel right at home with these atmospheric paintings. A lovely mood piece about a perennially popular topic.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.