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Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones

Cover to Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones

A single snowflake
  floats through the air,
spins,
  leaps,
settles
  on the nose
of a fine red fox.

With winter coming, the fox wonders what he should do. All the other animals have suggestions. The turtle thinks he should bury himself in the mud. The caterpillar thinks he should spin himself a warm cocoon. The squirrel is for burying all the nuts he can find. But the fox doesn’t like mud. He can’t spin himself a cocoon, and he isn’t partial to acorns. Fortunately, another fox has an idea. They should dance like the snowflakes. A Winter Dance.

Marion Dane Bauer’s book will work nicely with preschoolers who want a quiet story on a gray winter day. This is a story for settling down, and it’s fun for children who may already know that a caterpillar spins a cocoon, a squirrel gathers nuts, and so on to be able to predict what each animal might say. Richard Jones’ illustrations contribute greatly to the hushed and natural setting.

If your family enjoys Winter Dance, they may also like the picture book adaptations of Laura Ingalls Wilder stories, with their outdoor or cozy settings.

This book reinforces our Grow a Reader principles of print awareness and narrative skills.