Books by Jeanette Winter

HENRI'S SCISSORS by Jeanette Winter
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"This soaringly sentimental resolution notwithstanding, the book is a charming introduction to a widely reproduced, child-friendly artist, one that children will assuredly encounter and affirmingly embrace. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
In her extensive picture-book–biography oeuvre, Winter has proven to be particularly attuned to selecting the just-right elements of her subjects' complex lives while making them both accessible to and readily understood by young children. Read full book review >
KALI'S SONG by Jeanette Winter
Released: March 13, 2012

"Minimalism brilliantly brings a distant time near. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Thousands of years ago, a boy chooses to use his bow for music rather than hunting, charming animals and eventually his tribe with hypnotic song. Read full book review >
THE WATCHER by Jeanette Winter
ANIMALS
Released: April 5, 2011

"Quotes from Jane augment this inspiring book, encouraging young people to join her as dutiful watchers of the world. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 2-10)"
Economical art and language produce a fully fleshed-out biography of Jane Goodall, tracing her early years as a watcher of English fauna to her adult work as scholar of animal behavior in Africa. Read full book review >
BIBLIOBURRO by Jeanette Winter
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: June 8, 2010

"Sweet and uplifting. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In 2000, Luis Soriana, a true book lover, started sharing his books with adults and children in remote mountain towns in northern Colombia. Read full book review >
WANGARI’S TREES OF PEACE by Jeanette Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"For a contrast in depth and documentation, see Claire A. Nivola's recent Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai (2008). (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 4-7)"
Nobel Peace Prize–winner Wangari Maathai's work to reverse the deforestation of Kenya garners Winter's signature treatment: a spare, reverential text and stylized, reductionist paintings. Read full book review >
THE SECRET WORLD OF HILDEGARD by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Hildegard described herself as "a feather on the breath of God," and young readers will find themselves breathless with the power of her story and the long reach of her ideas. (author's note, bibliography) (Biography. 7-12)"
Using heightened language that matches his mother's exquisite, hieratic pictures, Jonah Winter limns the life of an extraordinary woman, the 12th-century Hildegard of Bingen. Read full book review >
ANGELINA’S ISLAND by Jeanette Winter
FICTION
Released: May 4, 2007

Angelina misses Jamaica, and even though her mother says New York is home now, it certainly doesn't seem like it. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF PALE MALE by Jeanette Winter
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Her style is iconic rather than realistic (the urban clouds in rosy heart shapes as the hawks soar together are but one example of their charm) but young readers will get it right away, and upon repeated, joyous readings. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Winter's luminous, hieratic style, with its velvety rich color and carefully shaped geometry, is eminently suited for the now-famous story of Pale Male, the Red-tailed Hawk who lives in New York City. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

With only two words, "Mama" and "Baby," Winter tells a complete story in richly colored and patterned acrylics. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARIAN OF BASRA by Jeanette Winter
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Created with strength and courage, like Alia's devotion to the books in her charge. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Living history is not always sweet, but Winter, who has made beauty from contemporary horror in September Roses (p. 815) does it anew. Read full book review >
SEPTEMBER ROSES by Jeanette Winter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 11, 2004

"Winter doesn't shy away from depicting the destruction, but it's the sense of shock and loss in the aftermath, of shared grief and compassion, that comes through most strongly and makes the tale so inexpressibly moving. (Picture book. 7+)"
Among the many memorials to 9/11, this small, spare narrative, spun from a true encounter, stands out for the power of its simple words and images. Read full book review >
CALAVERA ABECEDARIO by Jeanette Winter
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An author's note discusses Mexican fiestas and Don Pedro Linares, whose life inspired the story. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)"
This visually exciting alphabet book makes a fine companion to Winter's Day of the Dead (1997). Read full book review >
ELSINA’S CLOUDS by Jeanette Winter
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"Like the child in Catherine Stock's Gugu's House (2001), or Patricia Markun's Little Painter of Sabaña Grande (1993), Elsina is both allowed to express her artistic talent, and respected by her elders for it—wisdom in any society. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A small, intense, original tale that links art, faith, and natural cycles. Read full book review >
BEATRIX by Jeanette Winter
ANIMALS
Released: March 4, 2003

"I live so much out of the world," she ruefully averred, but, just as her works have helped to connect generations of children to the natural one, so will this diminutive keepsake bring her private one into focus. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Winter follows up Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World (p. 111) with a similarly evocative character portrait, pairing small, formal, closely-framed portraits of Beatrix Potter—at various ages, and usually in the company of small animals, as she so often was—with a first person narrative into which she folds Potter's own words (set off in italics). Read full book review >
NIÑO’S MASK by Jeanette Winter
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Children of any cultural background will enjoy this glimpse of Niño's world, and understand the profound pleasure he takes in creating art. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Winter (Beatrix, above, etc.) communicates her abiding interest in Mexican culture with this wonderfully atmospheric, all-dialogue tale of a child who leads a ritual chase in his village's annual Fiesta of the Tigre (jaguar). Read full book review >
EMILY DICKINSON’S LETTERS TO THE WORLD by Jeanette Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 19, 2002

"Great potential as a keepsake and a lovely introduction for younger readers. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Mixing such chestnuts as "There Is No Frigate Like a Book" and "I'm Nobody! Read full book review >
MY BABY by Jeanette Winter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 9, 2001

"Winter, as she did in My Name Is Georgia, uses a real artist's work as the basis for a visual feast. (Picture book. 3-6)"
There's a beautiful pattern and rhythm in the sound and sense of this story, whose images echo the music of its language. Read full book review >
MY NAME IS GEORGIA by Jeanette Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A powerful message, precisely told, as fine as Michael Bedard's Emily (1992) or Barbara Cooney's Eleanor (1996). (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 4-10)"
A picture-book evocation both fierce and tender of one of America's greatest painters. Read full book review >
THE TORTILLA CAT by Nancy Willard
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The connection or significance of the kittens is never really clear, which turns an enjoyable read into a rather abstract adventure, but the Latin American flavor of Winter's surreal illustrations restores much of the magic. (Fiction. 6-10)"
When each of the five Romero kids come down with the same fever that killed their mother and many people in the community, their father, a doctor, fears for their lives. Read full book review >
DAY OF THE DEAD by Tony Johnston
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A warm, fictional introduction for an audience younger than that for the photo-essays by Kathryn Lasky (Days of the Dead, 1994) and Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Day of the Dead, 1994, not reviewed). (Picture book. 4-7)"
 The team that collaborated so gracefully on Diego (1991) returns with another little book showing how a Mexican family celebrates el d°a de los muertos, the holiday commemorating the dead. Read full book review >
JOSEFINA by Jeanette Winter
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

 Winter returns to the bordered acrylic vignettes that she mastered in Diego (by Jonah Winter, 1991) for another story inspired by the life of a Mexican artist. Read full book review >
SNOW by Steve Sanfield
FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 1995

"393, etc.) provides smooth lyrics, it is Winter who crafts them into a small, harmonious book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 A book about 22 ways of looking at snow accompanied by exceptionally evocative pictures. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS TREE SHIP by Jeanette Winter
FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 1994

"The holiday spirit lives in this beautiful rendering. (Historical fiction/Picture book. 4+)"
 Winter's (Klara's New World, 1992, etc.) story about Captain Herman and his ship filled with Christmas trees is based on the true story of Herman Schuenemann. Read full book review >
SHAKER BOY by Mary Lyn Ray
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Ultimately, the reader feels a void that even the admirable pictures and information can't fill. (Historical fiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
 A portrait of a 19th-century Shaker community, seen through the eyes of a growing boy who lives among them. Read full book review >
A FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MAN by Roni Schotter
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An appealing, nicely formed story—whether it's the passage of generations, cultural transition, or fruit, ripeness is all. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 For 50 years, ever since he came to the US, Ruby has risen before the sun to stock his stand; now, when he arranges produce in ``perfect pyramids,'' Suny Ho and his little sister admire his artistry and ask how it's done; and when Ruby's wife, Trudy, asks, ``Is it time?'' she doesn't just mean time to get up in the morning: she hopes he'll honor his promise to retire to the mountains. Read full book review >
COTTON MILL TOWN by Kathleen Hershey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Still, memory is selective, and the nostalgia's warm glow is genuine. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Speaking in the voice of the child she was when ice-cream cones were a nickel, the author reminisces about visiting her grandmama in North Carolina. Read full book review >
KLARA'S NEW WORLD by Jeanette Winter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A concluding note sets it in the 1860's. (Picture book. 7-12)"
 When a drought brings tough times to her Swedish family, Klara—not yet eight—fears she'll be hired out to work on the manor. Read full book review >
THE CHANGELING by Selma Lagerlof
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 10, 1992

"Brock Cole's lighthearted Alpha and the Dirty Baby (1991). (Fiction/Picture book. 6-11)"
 The first publication in English of a long tale by a Swedish author (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, 1907) who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909. Read full book review >
DIEGO by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter, translated by Amy Prince, illustrated by Jeanette Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"An excellent beginning biography. (Biography/Picture book. 6-10)"
 A bilingual life of the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, weighted toward his early life (he was a poor scholar whose sympathetic parents provided plenty of artistic materials and sent him to art school quite young) and his pride in his heritage. Read full book review >