Once Upon a Winter Day

Holiday House/Margaret Ferguson Bks. Nov. 2020. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823440993.
K-Gr 2–In a book reminiscent of Lindsay George’s In the Snow: Who’s Been Here?, a young person goes out to the woods to play and discovers the drama of the outdoors. What Milo, who is white, really wants is for his mother to read him a story but she needs to work. Milo’s trek through the woods leads him to ponder all the activity that he sees traces of but does not witness. Through a series of footprints, wing marks, and other signs of animal activity the boy returns home with a story of his own making to share with his mother. The limited text and detailed illustrations, done in mixed media, capture a wide variety of wild animals and the interplay among them as they search for food and try to survive.
VERDICT Superb illustrations that carry the story along make this an outstanding choice for collections seeking winter stories.

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