Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Winter Afternoon/ Tarde de invierno

Winter Afternoon/ Tarde de invierno

Jorge Elias Lujan
Illustrator:  Mandana Sadat 
For ages 3 to 6
Groundwood Books, 2006   ISBN: 978-0888997180

It is a cold foggy winter’s afternoon and a little girl is standing in front of a window and waiting for her mother to come home. She uses her finger to make a moon on the

“frosty glass” of the window. As she watches, the little girl’s mother gets bigger and bigger and she walks up the road until she almost fills the moon on the window.

The little girl gets more and more excited and at long last her mother does not need to be seen through a frosty window, for now she is in the house and giving her little daughter a big hug. Now the “frosty frame” on the window shows not one lonely little face, but two happy ones.

In this unique bilingual picture book, a minimal yet lyrical text is perfectly paired with multimedia artwork to create a book which perfectly captures the love that exists between a little child and her mother.