Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Candlewick. Nov. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781536229141.
Gr 1-4–Frost’s iconic poem is brought to life through luminous illustrations. Students sometimes struggle with poetic language, but Lynch has done a marvelous job slowing the pace of the poem down by spreading its text out in small pieces and augmenting the rich language with illustrations, which will make it easier to absorb the sensory details so quietly evoked by the words. For those who do not have firsthand experience of a snowy evening on horseback, large spreads transport readers to scenes of snow and moonlight. By using dramatic lighting, close-ups of both rider and her anxious horse, along with highly effective page turns, the drama of a wintry evening and the quiet beauty of the woods is masterfully depicted.
VERDICT Featuring a brave child taking the journey through the woods, this is a gorgeous rendering that will bring the poem to life for a new generation and even encourage young poets to stop and notice their world with a lyrical, illustrative lens.

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