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Author: Thornhill, Jan
Illustrator: Bisaillon, Jose
Publisher: OwlKids
Year Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781771470025
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Kindergarten

Winter’s Coming

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How do you explain winter to someone who’s ┬ánever seen it before? Everyone keeps telling Lily, a young snowshoe hare, that winter’s coming, but no one tells her what winter is. Lilly travels through the forest, asking different animals what they are doing, and they inevitably reply, “Winter’s coming”, as they continue their preparations. A turtle dives into the mud, a blackbird is migrating, and a chickadee stores seeds. Finally, Lily meets a bear about to hibernate who helps Lily understand what winter means.
Through the text, astute readers will notice that Lily’s colouring is changing from soft brown to white, highlighting her unconscious readiness for the coming season. Young readers will be anxious to set Lily straight on what is happening around her, even as they learn about the various animals’ ┬ápreparations. Bisaillon’s soft and warm realistic collages perfectly complement the simple text. Perfect for Kindergarten and Grade 1 investigations into seasons.

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