Magical memories of Maine winters highlight the joys of ice in its many forms. Twenty short chapters illustrated with delicate pen-and-ink drawings celebrate the season from the first thin skim of ice on sheep pails to the perfect ice for the best skating of one’s dreams.
Not until he awakens in spring does Bear remember the story he wanted to tell his friends the previous autumn. Pencil and watercolor illustrations balance with white space to create gentle Bear and the soft colors of changing seasons.
As a father and daughter ski through a snow-blanketed woodland observing squirrels, foxes, and hares, cutaway views give readers a window into a fascinating hidden animal kingdom under the snow that scientists call the subnivean zone. There the mice, chipmunks, and bumblebees sleep.
A winter moon and a snowy hill form the serene backdrop for this almost wordless tale of a bear who co-opts a child’s sled and takes his animal friends on a wild midnight ride . . . only to have the sled’s owner join them in the end.