How do animals of the frigid north survive and “brave” the long and cold winters?
Not only is this book interesting and insightful, but it is artistic and poetic. It brings the science of animal survival in harsh winters of earth’s northern hemisphere into focus with a delightful poetic flare and extremely beautiful artistry. This is a book not to be missed.
Ms. Sidman creates a poetic picture about animals of the tundra on one side of each double-page spread. On the page across, there are scientific facts about that particular animal living and surviving in the harsh winter climate. Fine artistic renderings of each animal in its wintry habitat spreads across the open two pages. The vocabulary is rich with a fine glossary at the end to broaden one’s understanding of the many words that may be new or of special interest for the young reader. Plant life is introduced to allow the reader to know that the harsh winters do open to spring eventually.
The hand-colored linoleum block prints can only draw the reader’s eyes right into this wintry mix of animals, plants and snowflakes. The texture of the art is incredible, but texture is wrapped around the words and the air one imagines breathing while in such cold winter environs. From the fox pouncing to the moose and vole looking straight at the reader from the page, you cannot help but feel you are right there.
Dream of the Tundra Swan
Big Brown Moose
Under Ice (beavers)
Brother Raven, Sister Wolf
Vole in Winter
What Do the Trees Know?
The Whole Wide World is Melting
Triolet for Trunk Cabbage
Ms. Sidman’s poetry takes two-dimensional words and turns them into three-dimensional art as in “Winter Bees”… “Born with eyelash legs/and tinsel wings/we are nothing on our own./Together, we are One….Deep in the winter hive,/we burn like a golden sun.”
In “Big Brown Moose,” the large animal chants, “I’m a big brown moose,/I’m a rascally moose,/I’m a moose with a tough shaggy hide…”
Reading Level: 6 – 9 Years
School Library Journal Best Book of 2014
Kirkus Best Book of 2014
Starred reviews in:
School Library Journal
“Newbery Honor winner Joyce Sidman is simply one of the best poets writing for children today. Her accolades include a Lee Bennet Hopkins Award, winner of the Cybil Award, Texas Bluebonnet Master List, two Caldecott Honors, winner of the Claudia Lewis Award, and many stars and notables and best of lists. For her award-winning body of work, she recently won the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota.” She can be found @ www.joycesidman.com
Rick Allen creates. He creates prints by pressing original linoleum cuts, wood engravings, broadsheets, and more with his wife and creative partner, Marian Lansky, and their assistant, Janelle Miller. Mr. Allen can be found @ https://sivertson.com/artist.php?id=36
- ISBN-13: 9780547906508
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Publication date: 11/4/2014
- Pages: 32
- Product dimensions: 9.60 x 11.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)
Original Review on 12-11-2014