Book review: Winter’s Child, by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith

McAllister, Angela. Illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith. Winter’s Child. Templar Books. $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-7964-4. Unp. Ages 4-8. P8 Q9

McAllister Winters ChildThe illustrations are beautiful and picturesque. I thought the picture on the front cover of the boy was haunting. Tom enjoys playing in the snow with the little boy. But Tom, his mother and Nana are having a hard time staying warm this winter. They only have four logs left and Tom decides that he is too old for skis so he chops them up for firewood. Every day he has to chop up another one of this play things to provide firewood for his family. Every day Tom goes out to play with the little boy. In the end we find out the reason winter is so long is because the little boy was winter’s child and winter could not end till Winter and his child are asleep.   The last pages are a beautiful spring scene. This is a wonderful fairy tale with beautiful pictures.

December 2015 review by Melinda Dye.


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