A touching celebration of the relationship between fathers and sons captures a month of Sundays in the life of a father and son in words and color illustrations.
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PreSchool-Grade 2-- Told in the tradition of a Native American folktale, this title succeeds as both as a group read-aloud and as a bedtime selection. Winter arrives in the form of the "Snow Woman," a figure who comes on a late fall evening, followed by clouds that resemble a pack of white, frosty coyotes. She brings with her snow and the sleep of hibernation for some animals. But she cannot capture the black bear, who continues to elude her spell, even when she illuminates the northern lights to attract him. She sends the coyote clouds down to earth to chase him into his den, where, like a recalcitrant child, he finally settles himself for his long winter's nap. She tucks him and a child in a distant cabin into their beds with a blanket of snow and then departs. The double-page watercolor spreads capture the spaciousness and the luminous quality of the moonlit night. The woman herself is dressed in what appears to be pioneer leggings and a loose shawl and skirt; her long flowing hair streams behind her as she moves through the sky and open land. The watercolor double-page spreads, dominated by the icy blue of the sky and the greens and browns of the natural landscape, are lovely and remote, like a story that happened long ago and far away. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
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A girl looks out of her bedroom window into the cold night, where a winter storm is gathering, and conjures up a host of howling cloud coyotes and an icy Snow Woman. This anthropomorphic figure works her chilly magic--sending birds, turtles and groundhogs scurrying for snug beds--but "Black Bear didn't care." No matter what Snow Woman does to transform the world into a chilly landscape, this bruin stands firm, resisting the long sleep of winter. Yet the frosty queen has one last trick up her ice-purple sleeve, and soon Black Bear is bounding toward his den. In the first book that Ewart has both written and illustrated, her minimally told story seems to exist primarily as background for her imaginative landscapes--a visionary palette lends these wintry figures a special warmth. Snow Woman shimmers in glacial blue-violet, an ephemeral, spectral figure at once beautiful and fearful, and the winter night explodes in a dazzling swirl of orange sky and yellow shooting stars. In quiet counterpoint to the frenetic arrival of winter is the tangible domestic bliss within the house at the eye of the storm. Ages 3-6.
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Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11039922341X
Book Description Putnam Juvenile. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 039922341X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1817094