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Winter Eyes
by Douglas Florian


Overview - Snowballs, ice skating,sledding! Frozen toes, icy slush,runny nose. Well, winter's not all fun and games. But well-loved, best-selling poet Douglas Florian will melt your doubts about Mother Nature's chilly grip with twenty-eight winter-inspired poems accompanied by his crisp, trademark watercolor illustrations.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Snowballs, ice skating,sledding! Frozen toes, icy slush,runny nose. Well, winter's not all fun and games. But well-loved, best-selling poet Douglas Florian will melt your doubts about Mother Nature's chilly grip with twenty-eight winter-inspired poems accompanied by his crisp, trademark watercolor illustrations. Young readers are sure to warm up to the uniquely keen vision of this wholly original volume. Whatever the time of year, Winter Eyes is just right for the season.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780688164584
  • ISBN-10: 0688164587
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • Publish Date: October 1999
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Winter has many moods. Sometimes it may seem angry when its cold winds blow harshly across empty fields. At other times it can be calm and peaceful. There is nothing like the quiet that falls over a night of first snow. In Winter Eyes (ages 4-8), Douglas Florian captures winter in all its glory, celebrating this wonderful, many-faced season in a book that beautifully combines poetry and painting to express the author's love of wintertime.

As a poet, Florian has a natural aptitude for creating verse. Even our teething eight-month-old, who usually prefers to eat a good book, was transfixed by the rhythm and cadence of Florian's language. One often feels the urge to read these poems softly, letting the words fall from the page like heavy flakes of snow. It should come as no surprise that some of Florian's poems hint at a (highly appropriate) respect for Robert Frost. Not only does Florian find inspiration in winter like the venerable Frost, but he also exhibits a command of rhyme that brings great poets to mind.

Florian is at times a playful bard. Poems like "Sled" show that he also holds less traditional poets like E. E. Cummings in high esteem. "Sled" visually acts out the action of sledding while also expressing the poem's action in words. This particular poem is a fun example of how Florian integrates his words with his paintings. Here, the lively words follow the author's endearing images in a spirited combination of ink and paint.

There are many things to love about this delightful collection of poems, and it's one that all ages will enjoy. Winter Eyes is the perfect book to curl up with on a chilly day, or whenever you want to make a special trip to a winter

wonderland.

Winter Hues

Winter has to pick and chose.

The clothes she wears

Are few in hues:

A raw sienna,

A dark burnt umber,

Some yellow ochres

Scant in number,

Steel gray day,

Navy night,

And winter white

And winter white.

Charles Wyrick is a musician in Nashville.

 
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