Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Winter Eyes

Winter Eyes

Douglas Florian
For ages 5 to 8
HarperCollins, 1999   ISBN: 978-0688164584

There are so many wonderful things to look forward to in the winter time. There are frozen lakes to skate on, holidays to celebrate, hot cocoa to sip, and nights to spend sitting in front of the fireplace. There are also certain things about winter which we are less keen on, like having frozen toes, getting colds, shoveling snow for hours, and having less time to play outdoors because of the shorter days.

In this collection of twenty-eight poems the author perfectly captures the atmosphere, the joys, the woes, and the celebrations of this season. He describes time spent toasting toes in front of a fire; he ‘paints’ pictures in words of animal tracks in the snow and icicles hanging from the eves. He has created poems that rhyme and poems that do not. He has also created poems that tell a story not only through the words themselves, but also by the way in which those words are arranged on the page. The poems are funny, poignant, descriptive, and expressive, and together they present the reader with a charming portrait of wintertime.