It’s time to curl up with a wintry tale and a cup of cocoa.
The Inuit Thought of It: Amazing Arctic Innovations
Inuit writer and artist Ipellie was born on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Here, he describes Inuit history and the development of specific tools, clothing, architecture, and hunting strategies used by native people to survive the extreme environmental conditions. Wonderful photos and illustrations are included. (Ages 9-12)
Over and Under the Snow
A young girl notices tunnels and footprints as she skies through the woods with her father, and learns there’s a secret animal world under the snow. Frogs, bees, voles, bears, and other creatures depend on the subnivean environment for hibernation, insulation, and protection from predators during the long winter. Endnotes provide additional information about each animal. (Ages 4-8)
Family-friendly snow projects range from simple snow angels to sophisticated forts and sculptures. A difficulty rating and list of tools accompanies each of the 25 projects. Safety considerations, tidbits of info about snow, and a worldwide list of snow festivals, snow/ice hotels, and an ice museum are also included. (Family)
A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison
One of Canada’s most recognizable and beloved painters, Ted Harrison is known for his use of vibrant colour to depict the seasons, landscapes, people, and animals of the Yukon. Bookstore owner Kelly Harrison (no relation to the painter) says the representative artwork in this biography for young children “shows the brilliant interplay of light in an environment of snow and ice, reminding us that winter is not simply white.” (Ages 6-12)
Curious About Snow
Children learn the nuts and bolts of snow science, as the mysteries of the white stuff are unveiled. Why is snow white? Is each snowflake really unique? Wilson Bentley’s famous snowflake photographs from the 1890s are included, along with facts about weather and historic blizzards. (Ages 6-8)
The Snowy Day
Peter spends a marvelous day in newly fallen snow–climbing hills, knocking snow from trees, making footprints and angels. He saves a snowball for the next day, but is saddened to find only a wet spot in his jacket pocket after his evening bath. But the next morning brings more falling snow–and a smile to his face. (Ages 2-6)
Katy and the Big Snow
Katy and the Big Snow, by Virginia Lee Burton (1943). The city of Geopolis has a record-breaking snowfall, and can finally put Katy–their biggest, strongest snowplow–to work. Can-do Katy single-handedly clears all the roadways, so that once again “traffic could move in and out and around the city.” (Ages 4-8)
Frog and Toad All Year (“Down the Hill”)
An excited Frog manages to entice Toad from his warm bed for some winter fun. But Toad is even more reluctant when they reach the hilltop. “Do not be afraid,” says Frog. “I will be with you on the sled. It will be a fine, fast ride.” But can Toad finish the run solo after Frog falls from the sled? (Ages 4-8)
The Incredible Journey
Three animal companions, two dogs and a cat, make an arduous journey across northern Ontario in search of their family. Alone, none of them would survive. But by working together they are able to navigate the wilderness, find enough to eat, and resist wild animal predators. A story of perseverance and camaraderie that tugs at the heartstrings. (Ages 8-12)
The House at Pooh Corner, Chapter 1
As a light snow begins to fall, Pooh and Piglet come upon a pile of sticks in the forest. Believing that Eeyore has no house, they kindly decide to build one for him. As they work Pooh sings a “tiddely-pom” song about snow, and the two debate whether it’s the ears or the toes that get colder. Later, they realize there’s been a misunderstanding–that they’ve actually moved and rebuilt Eeyore’s house. Charming and sweet, in the inimitable Pooh Bear way. (All ages)
Out on the Ice in the Middle of the Bay
A little girl wanders onto the Arctic ice and meets a polar bear cub to play with. Tension mounts as the parents (human and bear) find each other while searching for their missing children. A sweet tale of innocence, discovery, and friendship.
Eager to play in the newly fallen snow, a boy waits impatiently for his grandfather to get ready. More and more people trample on the snow as they walk by his house, and vibrant illustrations highlight the boy’s increasing restlessness. The end scene neighbourhood snowball fight, complete with zoo animals, is a joyful conclusion.
This action-packed novel follows Will on his quest to save a trainload of riches from thieves, weaving history, fantasy, and folklore to tell his tale. The Boundless, the longest and most magnificent train ever built, thunders across Canada on her maiden voyage, and Will meets circus performers, villains, and a sasquatch. But whom can he trust? And will he survive the journey?
The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A Novel of Snow and Courage
Flora the pig sets out for Antarctica to fulfill her dreams of becoming a sled pig. As she says to her ever-cautious mum, “If it’s unexplored, then it needs to get dug up.” But will her adventurous heart and nose for discovery put her in jeopardy when some see her more as ham than heroine?