Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root

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Grandmother Winter lives all alone with her snow-white flock of geese. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Grandmother Winter tends her geese and gathers their feathers. Why? To bring snowfall as soft as feathers and bright as a winter moon. To the woodland and all of its creatures, the arrival of winter is a gift.
 

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Phyllis Root says this story was inspired by her childhood memories of Mother Holle, a character in German fairy tales. She lives in snowy Minneapolis, Minnesota. Beth Krommes is the illustrator of several award-winning books, including The Lamp, the Ice, and a Boat Called Fish and Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, and the Caldecott winning The House in the Night. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, with her family.
 
Published November 1, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Root (Aunt Nancy and Cousin Lazybones, 1998, etc.) presents Winter as a motherly old woman gathering up goose feathers during spring and summer, then making a white quilt that she shakes out, covering the land with snow.

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Based on a German fairy tale figure, Mother Holle, this tale traces the heroine and her geese through the four seasons.

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in summer, for instance, Grandmother Winter gathers the goose feathers, ""soft as snowflakes,/ bright as a winter moon."" First-time illustrator Krommes supplies the meat of the volume with visual hints at what's to come.

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