Anyway, I read a book that's new this year that made me think of all my favorite "transitioning to winter" titles. The book is this one:
|Winter is Coming|
... and it is stunning. It might well be my favorite book of the year. I just love the tone; it's poetic without being contrived and Jim La Marche could not have been a better illustrator for this book. The whole story is simply a young girl watching wildlife and how they respond to the shifting of seasons. In many ways, I was struck by how it felt like the female version of The Raft. In that book, Winter Is Coming is going on my gifting ideas list because it is just beautiful.
The story is developed in a traditional way but the similarities between a child sketching wildlife in opposite seasons was wonderful; they'd make a great side-by-side comparison for the enterprising teacher.
A couple of the other books that I cherish this time of year are sadly out of print. All can be found in my local library however, so I suspect they're available in others. One is called Waiting for Winter and it is glorious and messy and funny and endearing. I can't fathom why it went out of print so soon! Meschenmoser illustrated it in sparse colors with a scribblish technique that captures the bitter end of fall so well. The little squirrel is waiting for snow and trying to figure out what exactly it'll be like...
Snowsong Whistling is another one of my favorites because Elisa Kleven is like the bacon of the picture book world... add her illustrations to anything and it'll turn out amazing. In this book, the world again waits for the first snow and spritely verses dance across the pages as winter knocks at the door.
Hurry Hurry Mary Dear a very fun book about Mary running about tucking things in, getting ready for the big, blustery winter on its way. The book is really an depiction of what illustrator Erik Blevgard calls a "domestic drama" but it sure is fun to be watching it all unfold!
So there you are... the best of the "transition" books in my opinion...
“The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It's a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you've got in as many supplies as you can. It's nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst. They can grope their way up the walls looking for a way in, but they won't find one, everything is shut, and you sit inside, laughing in your warmth and your solitude, for you have had foresight.”