Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Review - Waiting on Winter

Author: Sebastian Meschenmoser
Publisher: Kane Miller 2009
Originally published in Germany 2007
Source: Library
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Deer has told squirrel how wonderful snow is, so Squirrel sits outside and waits for winter. He waits, and he waits, and he waits. It’s boring.

All his not-so-patient waiting has woken Hedgehog, who decides he’d like to see it snow too. They wait, and they wait, and they wait. And it’s still boring, even when there are two of you. Maybe singing will help to pass the time?

All the not-so-patient waiting and the not-so-quiet singing has woken Bear. He’ll have to help Squirrel and Hedgehog find the snow if he wants to get any sleep this winter. Deer said it was white and wet and cold and soft. How hard could it be to find something like that?

Well, maybe harder than he thinks.

While reading the first few pages of this book I wondered if it had been illustrated by a child. The scribbly looking pencil drawings didn't appeal to me. However as the story went on I started to notice all the detail in the drawings and realized this was not a child's scribblings but rather a charming book full of wonderful intricate sketches.

This story of squirrel waiting for winter was a hit with my kids. Next time you are at the library pick up this whimsical book and share it with your children.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~