Illustrations © Greg Couch

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.


Plourde's rhyming text is at once soothing and captivating. Couch's illustrations are sparkling and magical.
Children's Literature

Plourde's rhyming text flows well and the language trips off the tongue: "He snizzes and snips/lacy designs./Sprools and sprinkles them/on meadows and pines." However, Couch's sumptuous illustrations are the real attention-grabbers here. Using acrylic paint and colored pencils, the artist creates a beautiful frosty landscape out of deep blues, purples, and whites. Each small touch, from Father Time's half-night/half-day face to Winter's impishly pointed icicle of a nose, adds to the otherworldly feel of the artwork. A lovely mood piece about a perennially popular topic.
School Library Journal

In this beautifully illustrated sequel (to Wild Child). . . from this talented team. . . Plourde has a flair for rich vocabulary and some ingenious made-up words. The dark, crystalline world of a winter night is wonderfully captured in Couch's swirling double-page-spread illustrations . . . Teachers (may) use this oversized picture book as an introduction to mythical characters or allegory or as a springboard to creative-writing assignments.


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