Lily, a young snowshoe hare, is surprised to notice the leaves changing color in her forest home. She hears from a passing flock of birds that "Winter's coming." Lily doesn't know who or what Winter is, but it must be frightening. Why else would the birds be escaping South? And why would the caterpillar curl up and freeze as solid as an acorn? Why else would the squirrel be hiding his food?
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.
This fascinating story introduces the ways in which different animals adapt to survive winter, complemented by illustrations in a mix of collage, drawing, and digital montage.
"Author Jan Thornhill masterfully tells a deceptively simple story whilst seamlessly interweaving scientifically accurate details of the over-wintering habits of an impressive array of different animals."
"Filled with information, including an extensive facts section at the end of the story, Winter's Coming could be a valuable resource for elementary school students... Joseé Bisaillon's mixed-media collage illustrations capture the rich beauty of the changing seasons and bring the little hare and her world vividly to life."
"A beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book that introduces primary aged children to various animal adaptations to winter."
"The text is lengthy with description and dialogue, but it develops the animals' personalities."
"Straightforward, approachable text, inventively illustrated in paper collage that exudes color and warmth ... [a] sweet introduction to the concept of seasons, complete with a curious and likable heroine."
"A delightful book... a wonderful tool to help teach children how different temperate zone animals behave by instinct in the fall and winter."
"This enchanting book is a terrific educational tool to introduce the concept of seasons."
"Mixing a fictional tale with impeccable science and beautiful art, Thornhill and Bisaillon have created an information-filled tale delivered in a delightful package."
"A perfect introduction to winter."
"This is a beautifully illustrated book full of accurate and engaging information about various species; a good selection for a class to read together."