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HARDCOVER; Published: 8/12/2004
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5244-1
Price: $ 16.00
32 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 7.75 x 11

Ages 4-8
Full-color Illustrations Throughout

DESCRIPTION
"Will spring ever come?" an inquisitive young mouse asks his mother. "Will I roll down steep grassy hills giggling towards the bottom? Ever again?"

"Yes, spring will come," she answers. "But now it is winter."


As the young mouse yearns for the sun, the ducks, and the flowers, his mother gently reminds him of snowflakes and sleds, hot oatmeal and warm beds -- the wonders of winter he can enjoy now.

In this delightful tale, Eileen Spinelli reminds readers to be content in the moment and to look for happiness wherever they are. Children are sure to love Mary Newell DePalma's playful illustrations of mice dressed for the season, surrounded by oversized cut-paper snowflakes.

AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Bank Street College, Best Children's Books of the Year (2005)
REVIEWS
School Library Journal
"A fretful young mouse learns to live in the moment in this lovely picture book. . . The gentle, intimate tone makes this book a natural bedtime story or a quietly compelling read-aloud for any time."
Booklist
"Spinelli's clever juxtaposition celebrates the joys of both seasons. . . A subtle antidote to winter doldrums, this is just right for impatient children who, like the mouse, long for a change of season."
The Virginian-Pilot
"A terrific story about anticipation as well as how to savor the moment."
Church & Synagogue Libraries
"In this charming book illustrated in frosty pastels, a mother mouse assures her little one that yes, spring and summer will come again, but right now it's winter, and winter has delights of its own. . . Little mouse learns that now is a blessing; now is the time to love and to be. Recommended for ages 3 and up."
Boston Herald
"Eileen Spinelli takes a delightful look at all the wonders of winter ? sleds, snow angels, ice dancing and more! . . . Bright illustrations and charming text fill this fun winter book."
The Catholic Observer
"Youngsters of all ages will quickly be caught up in the excitement of this winter story. . . . This is the perfect book to share with others after a busy day outdoors."