Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Winter Story

Winter Story

Jill Barklem
Picture Book  Series
For ages 4 and up
Simon and Schuster, 1999   ISBN: 0689830572

A wonderful thing has happened in Brambly Hedge and all the young mice are in a great state of excitement. In fact a good number of the older mice are feeling quite young and lively themselves for there are has been a great fall of snow. Great drifts lie up against the trees and the mice have dug tunnels to get to one another’s houses and to the Store Stump.

There is so much snow in fact that Mr. Toadflax wonders if it might not be enough to have a Snow Ball. After a meeting in the Store Stump it is decided that this snowfall truly calls for the return of the old tradition and in no time the mice are hard at work preparing for the ball.

It is with wonder that we follow the mice in their preparations for the great event. Such cooking and excavating of snow; such organizing and planning. Then we can delight in their wonderful party and watch them whirl across the icy dance floor in their party clothes. Jill Barklem creates the most remarkable little world for her mice to inhabit, full of detail to delight the eye. In a style that is uniquely hers, this author/illustrator’s art is warm, comforting, and universal in its appeal. This book is one of four about the seasons.