Lynn Plourde

kids book author ~ teaching author

Winter Waits

by Lynn Plourde
Illustrated by Greg Couch
Simon & Schuster, 2001

Winter sprints
across the way.
“Father, Father,
come on, let’s play.”
Father Time smiles
and kisses his son.
“Not now, I must work,
my littlest one.”
So Winter waits
for an hour or two,
painting the grass
with a frosty hue.
He whistens and glistens
the world in white
till it spangles and sparkles
ever so bright.

Winter keeps asking his dad, Father Time, to play with him. But Father Time must set the clocks all over the world, and so his son has to entertain himself while waiting. Winter not only paints the world in frost, but also carves ice sculptures and snips snowflakes. When Winter brings his dad the most beautiful snowflake he’s created, Father Time realizes spending time with his son is more important than work. Father and son leap into the sky and have a cloud pillow fight that creates a blizzard. Finally, as Father Time and Winter snuggle in a snowdrift and fall asleep, Mother Earth tiptoes past them to wake up the next season, Spring.

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