Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 8
- Grade: 3 to 5
A sweet STEM introduction to the concept of seasons and animal adaptation
Lily, a young snowshoe hare, is surprised to notice the leaves changing color in her forest home. She hears from the other animals that “Winter’s coming,” but who— or what—is Winter?
As Lily learns the ways in which her forest friends prepare for winter's arrival, she becomes more and more worried about what she should be doing. Finally, the brown bear points out that Lily has been preparing without even knowing it: her fur is thickening and turning white to help her camouflage in the changing weather.
Complemented by illustrations in a mix of collage, drawing, and digital montage, this story introduces the many ways in which different animals adapt to survive winter.
About the authors
Jan Thornhill is an author, illustrator and designer who brings her fascination with the natural world to her books for children. They include I Found a Dead Bird (National Parenting Publications Gold Award, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award); The Wildlife 123 (UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats International Award for Excellence in Children’s Book Illustration, Governor General’s Award finalist); and The Wildlife ABC (Governor General’s Award finalist). Jan recently won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People. She spends her spare time in the woods obsessively collecting and cataloguing wild mushrooms and slime molds.
Josée Bisaillon a illustré plus de trente-cinq livres pour enfants et créé de nombreuses illustrations pour des magazines et des journaux. Elle a été finaliste au Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général à deux reprises et a remporté le prestigieux Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award pour The Snow Knows. Il s’agit du quatrième ouvrage de Josée avec Orca, après My Head in the Clouds et Bedtime 123 écrit par Eric Walters, un succès de librairie. Elle vit en banlieue de Montréal avec sa famille.
"This lovely book follows a six-month-old snowshoe hare as she learns what winter is and how her forest friends prepare for its advent ... a perfect introduction to winter."
School Library Journal
"Young readers will eagerly join this charming young hare in exploring the mysteries of winter."
"It’s not easy to make a good story with a science concept at its heart, but Thornhill has done a wonderful job with this tale about hibernation."
Youth Services Book Review
Other titles by Jan Thornhill
I Am Josephine
(And I Am a Living Thing)
The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow
The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk
Is This Panama?
A Migration Story
The Wildlife 123
A Nature Counting Book
The Wildlife ABC
A Nature Alphabet Book
Who Wants Pizza?
The Kids' Guide to the History, Science & Culture of Food
This Is My Planet
The Kids' Guide to Global Warming
Animal Legends from Around the World
I Found a Dead Bird
The Kids' Guide to the Cycle of Life and Death