A Day for Skating; Sarah Sullivan
Illustrated by Madeline Valentine
Candlewick Press - 2019
A fun winter story, complete with frozen pond about the ups and downs (sometimes falling) about learning to ice skate. Told in rhyming verse, I liked the sweet, warm cozy feeling that followed a learning to ice skate adventure. After a full day of new experiences, there is hot chocolate to be enjoyed by a warm fire and then home to a hot bath and bedtime rituals. Lovely illustrations; a winter delight to read and share.
The Shortest Day; Susan Cooper
Illustrated by: Carson Ellis
Candlewick Press 2019
Susan Cooper's beautiful poem was originally written for a live stage performance. In this story of the solstice, the author and illustrator combine to efforts to celebrate the tradition of the solstice over the ages, exploring the changing seasonal cycles from light to darkness. A blend of modern and ancient traditions, the book is gorgeously illustrated. I loved this one and think all adults will think it's a gem but, I do think that some very young children might not easily understand the concept of rebirth.