Winter's Coming: A Story of Seasonal Change

illus. by Josée Bisaillon. 32p. Owlkids. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781771470025. LC 2014931866.
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
The forest creatures prepare for a phenomenon called "Winter." Lily, a young snowshoe hare, wonders what she should do before the feared visitor arrives. Surprise! Her coat turns snow-white, and she's all set. The text conveys accurate information, despite the irritatingly anthropomorphized animal characters. Lily's gradual transformation is portrayed via realistic mixed-media illustrations. The final two pages feature "Animal and Environmental Facts."

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