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It took me a while to get a hang of the meter in the words of the book and how the first parts are the boy talking, then the season talks in response. My husband did not catch on to this at all and therefore thought the book was horrible LOL. But I love it and my kids love it when I read it
I purchased the hardcover of this book and enjoy it as I did his previous work. For shared reading purposes with my primary students, I thought I’d purchase the Kindle version to project on the big SmartBoard screen so they could see the words better. Well, the words are all but invisible. The formatting of the Kindle version in general is strange, very dark on the screen with teeny, tiny text. I returned the Kindle book because ut’s obviously not going to suit my intended purpose for it. I will keep the hard copy and still use it for shared reading, somehow. I thought the kids could alternate reading the parts in the boy’s “conversation” with nature.
This book isn't a story, more a collection of observations about the winter, it's mainly about snow. Which is useful to know if you live in a country without snow, as it's less relevant. The pictures are partially urban. I got it to use for forest school kids as I imagined it would be more nature based and broad than it is.
We love Kenard Pan’s seasonal books he began working on with Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn. The colors are vivid and his illustrations are stunning. The simple descriptions of winter and early spring are perfect for preschoolers on up. As an adult I love picture books, but I will only buy and read quality literature to my children. This series fits my standards. We can’t wait to purchase the last installment, Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer, when it’s published in the future.
We have all of the series that are out so far of these books. This is the most recent release of the three that exist. I have to say I’m sadly disappointed in this book. It’s very dark and portrays winter in the most unfun way. Also the character is lonely and doesn’t interact with other people in anyway like the other books. My husband after reading it said, “man the author must really not like winter”. I have high hopes for the next books however I do think this one was a bit of a dud in the series.
As I read this book to my daughter, I kept hoping it would get better. Instead the unedited words kept dragging on. So I focused on the true goodness of the book: the illustration. Truly beautiful drawings.
Dear author: please, please, please create picture books. Parents can wing an inspired story from your poetic pictures.