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One Winter Night

by (author) Jennifer Lloyd

illustrated by Lynn Ray

Simply Read Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2021
General, Counting & Numbers, Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


This stunning picture book is now available in a new large-format special edition!

One winter night, out of their nest, ten little grey mice climb onto the ice. One by one they run back to the house scared off by a new animal that comes by until the last one finds itself far down the ice and has to hurry back, past each of the ten animals. Hurry, hurry! Scurry scurry! Safe in the house, sneaked the small mouse, one winter night, under the moonlight. The original edition of One Winter Night (Simply Read Books, 2007) earned an Honorable Mention at the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design.

About the authors

Jennifer Lloyd is the author of several children's books, including Looking for Loons (a Canadian Toy Testing Council Top 10 pick), Ella’s Umbrellas (an Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design winner, and a Rainforest of Reading and Christie Harris Children’s Literature Prize nominee), The Best Thing About Kindergarten, Taffy Time, and the Murilla Gorilla series (multiple books in the series are Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design winners and Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens selections). When she is not at her writing desk, she works as a kindergarten teacher in Blainville, Québec. You can find out more about Jennifer's books at

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Lynn Ray is an artist living in North Vancouver, BC. One Winter Night is her first picture book.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for One Winter Night:

"Highly Recommended. One winter night, ten mice go out onto the ice. Lloyd’s engaging verses describe the delightful play of the group as they frolic and skate. However, our furry friends are soon interrupted by other denizens of the night as they each begin their own nocturnal activities. On each page, a prowling owl, a skiing squirrel, a hockey-playing hare, a curling fox and other creatures send the mice scurrying, one by one, back into their home.
Not only does One Winter Night provide readers with many fun activity ideas for gloomy winter nights, the book gives young readers plenty of opportunities to practice their counting skills. In addition, the illustrations on the left pages offer a bonus narrative for readers. The right side illustrations align with the story told through the verses whereas, on the left, the curious activities of a group of ants tell an interesting side-story. After a first read-through, parents can draw children’s attention to the exploits of the ants as they work together to pull a wool ball, collect sticks, and use a leaf as a toboggan.
Jennifer Lloyd’s gripping story and Lynn Ray’s lively acrylic colours make for a wonderful treat on a cold winter night with readers cozying up in a warm indoor setting. While delighting in the story, young readers will also get a chance to practice counting skills and apply their imaginative minds to the story within the story. Canadian audiences will be extra delighted with the many familiar activities and creatures portrayed that are commonly found in a Canadian winter." — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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