Cover image for Winter : an alphabet acrostic
Title:
Winter : an alphabet acrostic
Author:
Schnur, Steven.
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Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 25 cm
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 64286.
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Electronic Access:
Publisher description http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/hm022/2001017358.html
ISBN:
9780618023745
Format :
Book

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Summary

Sleds sailing downhill on newly fallen snow, animals nestled deep in underground burrows, and families gathered hearthside to share the joys of the season are among the alphabet of cold-weather delights celebrated in 26 acrostic poems, alphabetically arranged. The colors and textures of winter--the cool blue of icy ponds and the golden glow of holiday candles--are gloriously captured in linoleum-cut illustrations. A companion volume to Autumn, Spring, and Summer, Winter rounds outthe year of seasonal collaborations by Steven Schnur and Leslie Evans.


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Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. The beauty of a snowy winter contrasts with the warmth of a cozy, country home in this playful picture book. On each page, a winter-related word provides the basis for an acrostic that reads like a short poem. For the letter C, the verse reads, "Crystals / Of ice as delicate as / Lace ring the / Duck pond," forming the word cold in uppercase letters. A striking, hand-colored linoleum print illustrates each small, boxed acrostic. A girl and her black dog appear in many of the pictures, as they do in the author-illustrator team's similar books, Autumn (1997), Spring (1999), and Summer (2001). As the season progresses, the child sleds and skates, then snuggles up indoors by a fire. The final illustration launches the girl into spring with a soccer ball. Younger children will enjoy studying the details and spotting the dog; older ones may be inspired to try their hand at the pleasure of acrostics. --Kathleen Odean


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-A successful collaboration from the team that created Autumn (1997), Spring (1999), and Summer (2001, all Clarion). Schnur's 26 acrostic poems are arranged alphabetically. The linoleum-cut illustrations, like the poems, are simple and graceful. Evans uses thick, expressive lines and clear colors that look both vivid and soft; they match the peaceful, mindful mood of the verses. One quiet and lovely example is the verse for J (for Jewel): "Just as the/Evening lights come on,/White flakes begin falling/Earthward, glittering/Like diamonds." This is a book to savor and it will also have numerous classroom uses. Even children who don't love poetry often enjoy the puzzle quality of acrostics, and they may be inspired to create similar poems on their own. A welcome addition to all collections.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.