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Winter's Coming

A Story of Seasonal Change

by Jan Thornhill, illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

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list price: $17.95
edition:Hardcover
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published: Oct 2014
ISBN:9781771470025
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
Description

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.

About the Authors

Jan Thornhill

JAN THORNHILL’s science, nature, and animal-based books have received multiple honors, most recently the Vicky Metcalf award for her body of work. Jan lives in Peterborough County, Ontario, where she spends her spare time looking for weird fungi in the woods with her dog, Ruby.
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Josée Bisaillon was born in 1982 in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec. When she was a little girl, she loved to draw cats and houses. She also cut out everything made of paper that she could find around her. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in graphic design in 2005. This is where she fell in love with illustration. Josée has won many awards, such as Applie Arts, LUX, American Illustration and Society of Illustrators. She was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Awards in 2008 and 2010. Josée lives in a nice little house in the suburbs of Montreal with her husband and their children. She still loves drawing cats and cutting out everything she can find made of paper.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 8
Grade:
k to 4
Awards
  • , A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens
Editorial Reviews

"Author Jan Thornhill masterfully tells a deceptively simple story whilst seamlessly interweaving scientifically accurate details of the over-wintering habits of an impressive array of different animals."

— Canadian Children's Book News

"A beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book that introduces primary aged children to various animal adaptations to winter."

— Canadian Teacher Magazine

"A delightful book... a wonderful tool to help teach children how different temperate zone animals behave by instinct in the fall and winter."

— Green Teacher

"Engaging story."

— School Library Journal

"A perfect introduction to winter."

— School Library Journal

"Mixing a fictional tale with impeccable science and beautiful art, Thornhill and Bisaillon have created an information-filled tale delivered in a delightful package."

— National Reading Campaign

"Filled with information, including an extensive facts section at the end of the story, Winter's Coming could be a valuable resource for elementary school students... Joseé Bisaillon's mixed-media collage illustrations capture the rich beauty of the changing seasons and bring the little hare and her world vividly to life."

— Canadian Review of Materials

"This enchanting book is a terrific educational tool to introduce the concept of seasons."

— The Children's Bookshelf

"This is a beautifully illustrated book full of accurate and engaging information about various species; a good selection for a class to read together."

— Library Media Connection

"The text is lengthy with description and dialogue, but it develops the animals' personalities."

— Resource Links

"Straightforward, approachable text, inventively illustrated in paper collage that exudes color and warmth ... [a] sweet introduction to the concept of seasons, complete with a curious and likable heroine."

— Kirkus Reviews

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