Winter Walk

If you checked out Fall Walk by Virginia Snow, then you can imagine what these illustrations look like – simply delightful.  Each page has a highlighted word and a picture in color, like a snowflake.   The main image is painted and the rest of the picture is an intricate pencil drawing – great for extended storytelling by children.   I’ll probably end up purchasing all the seasons:  Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.  They are just that unusual and well done.   L.O.V.E.

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Review by Carol Royce Owen for Good Reads
I love the beauty of this book. The illustrations are so incredible, with sketched backgrounds overlaid with full color paintings of creatures and plant life that would be seen in a forest in the winter. The story itself, told in rhyming verse, tells of a grandchild going on a walk in the woods with his Grammy and siblings. At the end of the book the author gives instructions for making six-sided paper snowflakes and pine cone bird feeders, as well as including some winter trivia.

I can definitely see this book paired with Kate Messner’s, Over and Under the Snow, in a K-2 class’ nature study.

Review by Amazon
Looking for a book to share on a frosty day? Virginia Brimhall Snow’s Winter Walk is a lovely and informative stroll through nature’s quiet season. Grammy leads the children to all sorts of interesting discoveries. “Why is this tree green, Grammy, when others are brown?”

From the perspective of learning, this book is just right for young ones, and its design allows different ages to enjoy it. The figures of the people are only sketched, almost fading into the white backdrop as they make snow angels, fill a bird feeder, and have a snowball fight. But the images of what they notice and talk about are incredibly vivid: a cardinal, a snowshoe hare, a chickadee, a fox… and a gleaming icicle.

The prose is very readable, and the single words that label what’s discussed (snowflake, blue spruce pine cone, deciduous tree, for example) are oversized so young readers can learn those words.

The author includes some extras at the end to make the book even more meaningful. Readers will find directions to make a six-sided paper snowflake and a pine cone bird feeder, as well as a store of winter trivia for curious children who want to learn more.

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