Praise and Reviews
"Winter? Cold? It’s all in the way you look at things as this imaginative book makes clear... It takes special art to accentuate the evocative words, and Stringer, who has illustrated many books for others, provides distinctive pictures for herself. With fascinating perspectives that sometimes start on the ceiling, the deeply hued acrylic artwork ranges from friendly to joyous, as in a two-page spread of a party filled with fun and music. A special book worthy of many readings, this radiates warmth. "
"Stringer enumerates the joys of winter to prove her point that it is the warmest season. Each fanciful acrylic spread is carefully composed with an eye toward balance and to drawing readers' eyes across the pages. Thus, on one spread, while a boy and his dog dance past snowmen at the top, a row of hibernating animals burrow beneath a layer of snow across the bottom. There's a lively flow to both illustration and text, with cheerfully jumbled perspectives and a sense of the ongoing cycle of seasons. A cheerful celebration of winter's pleasures."
--School Library Journal
"A child rhapsodizes over winter’s warmth. Looking out the window at the falling snow, the young narrator declares, “My world is warmest in winter,” and proceeds to a list of favorite things all depicted along the way. Extra blankets make the bed snug, winter pajamas have feet and bodies sit closer while reading longer books. And once snuggled down in bed, one might dream of summer... the pictures, many on double-page spreads, in gorgeous glowing acrylics on watercolor paper, capture the warmth and vibrancy of her unique premise."
" In this cozy, wintertime picture book, a child muses about how most people think the warmest season is "summer,/ with its long steamy days./ But not me./ My world is warmest in winter." Sometimes the text contrasts winter- and summertime activities, with a sprinkling of comfy imagery, as when "summer's cool fans hide/ in dark basements" and winter's "sleeping radiators awake/ to their dragon selves, banging/ and hissing."
"… a sleepy-time snugglefest filled with color and comfort by a Minneapolis author."
"So long, dog days of summer---winter's hot chocolate, blankets, and wraparound scarves give platy of warm fuzzes to the little boy narrator in this gorgeous book. Use it to inspire your students' own poetic takes on the season."
--Teacher's Picks, Instructor Magazine
Winter is the Warmest Season
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