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Title:
Winter's coming : a story of seasonal change
Author:
Thornhill, Jan, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Toronto, ON : Owl Kids, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
When Lily, a young snowshoe hare, hears that winter is coming, she does not know what to expect, even as the other animals explain what they do to cope with the change of seasons, although, they note, snowshoe hares do not need to do the same.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 780 Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781771470025
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Lily, a young snowshoe hare, is surprised to notice the leaves changing color in her forest home. She hears from a passing flock of birds that "Winter's coming." Lily doesn't know who or what Winter is, but it must be frightening. Why else would the birds be escaping South? And why would the caterpillar curl up and freeze as solid as an acorn? Why else would the squirrel be hiding his food?

As Lily learns the ways in which her forest friends prepare for winter's arrival, she becomes more and more worried about what she should be doing. Finally, the brown bear points out that Lily has been preparing without even knowing it: her fur is thickening and turning white to help her camouflage in the changing weather.

This fascinating story introduces the ways in which different animals adapt to survive winter, complemented by illustrations in a mix of collage, drawing, and digital montage.


Author Notes

Jan Thornhill is an award-winning writer and illustrator who has always had a strong interest in nature and the environment. Several of her books have been translated into different languages and published in countries around the world. Her books include the Governor General's Award#150;nominated The Wildlife ABC and The Wildlife 123 and the NAPPA Gold Award#150;winning I Found a Dead Bird. She lives in Havelock, Ontario. Illustrator Josee Bisaillon's illustrations are a mix of collage, drawing, and digital montage. Twice nominated for a Governor General's Award in children's illustration, she lives in Montreal.


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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-This lovely book follows a six-month-old snowshoe hare as she learns what winter is and how her forest friends prepare for its advent. In the process, Lily also learns about herself and how her body prepares-a bear explains that her fur coat has gradually turned from brown to white. The beautiful collage illustrations show the woodland creatures getting ready for the cold in their own way, set against a landscape that slowly turns from fall to winter. As the hare discovers how each forest inhabitant faces the approaching season, the pictures show her fur getting whiter and whiter until, at the book's end, she becomes almost invisible against the falling snow. Two pages of animal and environmental facts are appended, making this a perfect introduction to winter.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

The leaves were just beginning to change color in Lily's forest home. Lily was a young snowshoe hare, not even six months old. She'd never seen anything other than green on the trees, so the new colors were a surprise. Lily spent her days hopping from here to there, nibbling on leaves and tender twig tips and bark. Usually, she moved slowly, keeping her ears open for danger. If she kept still, she blended in with the colors of the forest floor and was difficult to see. Excerpted from Winter's Coming: A Story of Seasonal Change by Jan Thornhill All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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