Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? A beautiful winter day allows a young boy and his grandfather to enjoy the many wonders of nature. The story begins with a young boy and his grandfather leaving their home for a walk in nature. They see a raven, a beaver’s den, rabbit, deer, and sparrows. The entire time, the grandfather carefully teaches the young boy how to properly greet the animals, how to tell what animal has passed by the tracks left in the snow, and how to spot animals hiding deep in the forest. The perfect winter day ends with a large, yummy cookie and a book by the fireplace.
In this story, the grandfather provides the Ojibwemowin (an indigenous language of North America) name for all the animals that he and his grandson see in the woods. There is a pronunciation key for each of the names as well.
The illustrations also show clear animal tracks with the grandfather even pointing out the differences between two types of bird tracks. I could see where this would be fun for children to look at these tracks (deer, rabbit, crow, and sparrow) and try to find them in their own backyard.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of three and six years old. I could see this book being read just before a winter walk in the snow–a great way to encourage children to carefully look for tracks in the snow of any animals that might have passed through.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, day care centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of three and six years old.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Book
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, great introduction to the Ojibwemowin language for children.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: March 7, 20201