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It’s winter. The ground is blanketed in snow. Who’s behind it all? Old Man Winter wakes up in a bad mood, as usual. Soon snow, ice, and freezing rain are everywhere. He has taken care of winter once more, but who is taking care of him? Young readers will warm to Caldecott Medalist Stephen Gammell’s distinctive illustrations and unique story no matter what the season.
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This book won the Minnesota Book Award, and, as the title may suggest, it's a Minnesota kind of book. Old Man Winter is an ornery ol' cuss in a rawhide hat, a kind of anti-Santa who spreads the fluffy white stuff across the land from the back of a magical flying truck. Stephen Gammell has won the Caldecott Medal and twice has been on the Caldecott honor list. His pastel-and-watercolor illustrations are richly colored, with a spiky quality that fits his grumbling hero perfectly. Purple and blue predominate--and white, of course--with the occasional smear of pale green. The text is extremely brief--rarely more than four or five words per double-page spread--and most of it is done by hand in a scratchy, irregular style that, like the illustrations themselves, are reminiscent of Ralph Steadman's deliberate messiness. Some will be amused, others perplexed by the surprise ending--Old Man Winter is no more (or less) than a young girl's doll! Either way, this exuberant romp is a vivacious, visually glorious tribute to winter. Click to see a sample spread. Illustration is from Is That You Winter?, copyright ©1997 by Stephen Gammell, reproduced by permission of Harcourt Brace & Company. (Ages 3 to 6)About the Author:
STEPHEN GAMMELL is the beloved author and illustrator of Twigboy and Is That You, Winter? He received the Caldecott Medal for his illustration of Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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Book Description Silver Whistle, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0152014152
Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0152014152
Book Description Silver Whistle, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110152014152