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Adirondack Explorer

November, 2011

A Coming of Winter in the Adirondacks
Author: Brian J. Heinz

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A Coming of Winter in the Adirondacks By Brian J. Heinz Illustrated by Maggie Henry North Country Books, 2011 Hardcover, 32 pages, $19.95

A Coming of Winter in the Adirondacks
By Brian J. Heinz
Illustrated by Maggie Henry
North Country Books, 2011
Hardcover, 32 pages, $19.95

This book is called A Coming of Winter in the Adirondacks. It’s really good!!!

My favorite part of the book was the pictures. The first time I opened the book my first word was “Whoa!’’ All the pictures were … awesome!!!

The reviewer is an expert sledder. Photo by Jaime Armstrong

The reviewer is an expert sledder.
Photo by Jaime Armstrong

The rabbit and the mouse looked SO realistic I wanted to pet them! They just looked SO cute and fuzzy! My favorite picture was of the mountains on the very last page. Usually when people draw mountains they draw them all gray and really boring. But Maggie Henry (she’s the illustrator) drew the color of the trees! The detail was perfect! I was speechless!!!

The author is Brian J. Heinz. Some of his words were hard to understand, but what I understood I liked. These words were especially confusing: spires, hemlock, spruce, hunches, and jubilation. I liked the style of the book. It wasn’t really a story; it was more like a poem (a good one). Even though I had trouble with a few words, I LOVED how thoughtful the story was.

The book tries to teach kids how animals will prepare for winter. I think children will enjoy the book and learn from it.

I did learn some pretty interesting stuff. I learned that the coyote is the first one out and also that coyotes like to eat snow! Also I learned that turkeys can fly. Who knew? I learned that otters like to play. In the book they were having a BLAST sliding down the snow and onto the ice. It looked REALLY fun. I wanted to do it. (I have gone sledding down my Aunt Jaime’s big hill near Saranac Lake. It’s super fun … and fast!)

Whenever I go to the Adirondacks we always go on a hike. I LOVE visiting the Adirondacks. And I hope when you go there you will like it too!!! If you ever go, be sure to bring a sled (for sledding.) And hiking boots. Believe me you’ll need them to go hiking. Also remember a hat, gloves, and a scarf, because it’s cold … especially in winter.

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