Bookshelf: Capturing the Magic of Wintertime

Bookshelf: Capturing the Magic of Wintertime


Chirri & Chirra, The Snowy Day

Written and illustrated by Kaya Doi.

Turning the pages of the “Chirri & Chirra” books, imports from Japan, feels like falling into a tiny, exquisite dream. This latest one has a wintertime theme and a mochi-colored palette. The adorableness is off the charts as the rosy-cheeked twins head out on their bikes and find the usual talking animals, sweet treats and other early childhood wish-fulfillment items (marbles, hand-held lanterns, a shelf of colorful books). This outing, on the first day of snowfall, takes them to an ice structure teeming with fun, then on to a cozy igloo for the night.


32 pp. Enchanted Lion. $15.95. (Picture book; ages 3 to 6)

From “Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter”Credit

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter

Written and illustrated by Kenard Pak.

Pak’s follow-up to “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn” once again bids adieu to a departing season and greets the new one, delightfully. A girl and a smaller boy walk through the pages saying hello, heading out of fall scenes and into snowy winter ones, listening as trees, birds and animals explain what they’re doing to get ready for the cold. Soon, frost and snowflakes are pointing out their roles in the stunning wintertime scenes. Pak’s ethereal digital art creates a wintry mood that somehow combines movement with seemingly endless serenity.

32 pp. Henry Holt. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 3 to 6)


From “The Snowbear”Credit

The Snowbear

By Sean Taylor. Illustrated by Claire Alexander.

Waking up to snow, a brother and sister rush outside to make a snowman. It turns out to be more of a snowbear — and thankfully so, because they take off down the hill on their sleds and meet a wolf. Their snow creation saves them, then returns to his spot near the house. Naturally theirmom doesn’t believe them, but the next morning the snowbear is gone. Did he melt, or…? The story rides the edge between reality and magic with gentle aplomb; Alexander’s loose, free-spirited art makes the magic feel quite possible.

32 pp. words & pictures. $17.95. (Picture book; ages 3 to 6)


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Mice Skating

By Annie Silvestro. Illustrated by Teagan White.

Field mice are supposed to spend the winter burrowing and huddling underground, but little Lucy would rather be out in the bracing cold. She can’t convince her mouse friends to join her, until she finds a way to get them to follow her to the pond for ice skating. Silvestro’s simple story is heavy on cheese puns likely to sail past younger listeners, but White’s charming illustrations, with their miniaturist sensibility and cozy wood-toned textures, will have little ones hunting through the pages for details of the field-mouse lifestyle and décor.

32 pp. Sterling. $16.95. (Picture book; ages 3 to 6)


From “Snow Scene.”Credit

Snow Scene

By Richard Jackson. Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

This fourth book from the former children’s editor Jackson romps around outdoors, its few, coy words inviting readers to look harder at the lovely textured acrylic paintings by Seeger (“First the Egg,” Green”), a two-time Caldecott Honor winner. We begin in the deep of winter, when a coat of snow renders everything worthy of a second glance — is that the shadow of a crow? Frost in a girl’s hair? Each page turn tells a fuller story. As in life, eventually we’re in rich springtime scenes, straightforward as a sunny day. But a final page leaves us, appropriately, with the lingering memory of winter.

32 pp. Neal Porter/Roaring Brook. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 3 to 8)

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