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Book Review:Winter’s Coming. A Story of Seasonal Change.

Winter's Coming

Winter’s Coming: A Story of Seasonal Change. By Jan Thornhill and Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon.

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 it must have an enormous appetite. Why else would the squirrel be hiding his food? And why would the caterpillar curl up and freeze as solid as an acorn? 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 and is complemented by illustrations in a mix of collage, drawing, and digital montage.



Ages: 5-8

Pages: 32



My Review: Lily is barely 6 months old and has only notice green on the trees. So when the color of the leaves started to change it came as a surprised to her. She notice the animal where busy doing one thing or the other. Why are the birds getting ready to fly south, the squirrels drying mushroom, the turtles burying themselves in the mud at the bottom of the creek and many more.

They all told her that Winter is coming. To Lily, Winter sounds mysterious to her as she knew about danger but she hasn’t heard of Winter. Should she be running away from Winter? Then Lily met a bear who explained what Winter was all about.

This is a great book for lovers of animals. Learn about the animal and their environment Facts from the book. Read about how animals prepare for Winter. The illustrations by Josee Bisailon help to bring the story to life. I highly recommend this book for school libraries.



FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Owl Kids publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.




Jan Thornhill

About the Author: I was born in 1955 in Sudbury, but spent most of my childhood in southern Ontario where, encouraged by my artist mother and engineer/inventor father, I developed a life-long passion for both art and the natural world. I spent a lot of time exploring the fields, woods, ponds, and streams near where I lived, and was an avid collector of things I found. I brought home all kinds of treasures – skulls and fossils, bird feathers and empty nests, insects, snake skins, fallen leaves. Eventually I labeled everything and made a museum in the basement. I thought I’d get rich by charging a 5¢ entry fee…but my mum was the only one who paid!



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