WAITING FOR WINTER, by Sebastian
Meschenmoser, Kane Miller Books, $15.99; ages 4-8.
Winter is almost here and soon it will snow, deer tells squirrel.
Squirrel has never seen snow. He decides to exercise to stay awake
to see it. Soon he wakes hedgehog and they decide to sing to keep
awake. Then they wake bear. Finally a snowflake drops on bear's
nose. The friends build a snowman before they go to sleep for the
MISTER RABBIT'S WISH, by Colleen
Monroe, illustrations by Michael Glenn Monroe, Mitten Press,
$17.95; ages 4-8.
It is time for Mr. Rabbit to make his annual visit to the wishing
tree, which grants wishes to those who ask. Along the way he meets
Mr. and Mrs. Squirrel, who join him. Before long they meet Mr. Fox
who also joins the group. Along the way, they meet other animals.
As the animals get to the clearing they all stand and admire a
beautiful pine, but Mr. Rabbit moves on to an old oak. One by one
they go to the tree with their wish. Mr. Rabbit goes last. On their
way home, the animals question if their wish may come true and they
ask Mr. Rabbit what he wished for. He says his wish is for peace on
Earth. The wishing tree has given him hope that maybe one year, if
more that one bunny wishes for peace, he will grant the wish.
SNOWY SPORTS: READY, SET, PLAY!,
by Per-Henrik Gúrth, Kids Can Press, $14.95; ages 4-8.
Follow the animals as they gather whatever supplies they need to
have a good time on a winter day. Whether it is a day of skiing,
hockey, skating or sledding, it is always nice to end up in front
of a fire with hot chocolate.
BABY POLAR, by Yannick Murphy,
illustrated by Kristen Balouch, Clarion, $16; ages 4-8.
Baby Polar loves to play in the snow. Mom warns that they can't
play too long because a big storm is coming. He watches the flakes
fall, catches a few on his tongue and makes wings in the snow. When
Mom says it's time to go home, he doesn't listen and soon can't
find his prints in the snow.
JAN BRETT'S SNOWY TREASURY, by
Jan Brett, Putnam, $29.99; ages 3-8.
Four of Jan Brett's most popular books, Gingerbread Baby, The
Mitten, The Hat and The Three Snow Bears have been combined into
this new treasury. Be sure to go to Brett's Web site at
www.janbrett.com for activity pages for all ages.
PENGUIN'S SNOWY DAY, by Salina Yoon,
Price Stern Sloan, $6.99; ages 3-5.
Penguin and his friends are happy to go out and play when they
have a snowy day. They build snowmen and skate on the pond. The
best part of the day is when grandma has hot cocoa waiting for
IN THE SNOW, by Peggy Collins,
Applesauce Press, $14.95; ages 4-6.
The little boy is all excited when he looks out the window in the
morning and sees snow. He hurries to get ready to go out by putting
on his long socks, fuzzy hat, warm mittens, cozy coat and big
clunky boots. He and Dad make footprints in the snow and build a
very tall snowman before heading back inside for food and a
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