By Lynn Plourde
Illustrated by Greg Couch
When we last left Lynn Plourde's work Wild Child, Mother Earth had just
gotten her Wild Child, Autumn, into bed and was herself settling in for a much deserved nap.
Mother Earth spies Winter bouncing on the bed. "Go see Father," she says, patting his head.
So begins, Winter Waits. Winter is all boy as he sprints to Father Time.
He just wants to play, but Father Time has work to do. "So Winter waits for
an hour or two." as he goes about the earth laying frost in his wake
"painting a picture bigger than big." Father Time makes the hours go by
while his son creates masterpieces from ice. Winter wants him to look, but
Father must continue his work. Winter's next project is snowflakes that "He
snizzes and snips." as he lays them about. He created his most beautiful snowflake, a gift.
"Father, Father, here's a present for you.
I made it myself.
I hope it will do."
Father Time bends, a tear in his eye.
"Thank you, my son.
You fill me with pride."
Together now, they make a blizzard from their father and son fun. As they
snuggle in for the night, talk of work and lateness don't matter much to Father.
But, Mother Earth has other ideas for she has another child who tends to oversleep!
Plourde once again uses rhyme to perfection to capture the wonders of winter
and play. She also gently reminds us that work and play do mix! Her focus
on the relationship between father and son make this picture book so refreshing with its positive portrayal of closeness, love and delight in one
another's company. The illustrations by Greg Couch are superb. He captures
the frosty and beautiful winter images perfectly with blues and whites that
seem to sparkle on the page with a cool energy.
I recommend this book for children ages 3 to 2nd grade.