The first sign of winter, on page one, is Mama searching in Craig's closet for matching mittens; on the last page, ""one day...

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THE FIRST SIGN OF WINTER

The first sign of winter, on page one, is Mama searching in Craig's closet for matching mittens; on the last page, ""one day before the first green leaf comes out,"" she's back, looking for matching tennis shoes -- but we don't know anyone near the age Craig looks (three or four) who fits the same sneakers from one season to the next. There are further anachronisms -- we remember wet wool snow clothes drying by the radiator, but Craig is more likely to have a synthetic snowsuit and a clothes dryer. But never mind; what these fondly recollected signs of winter -- Dad looking for snow chains for the car and storm windows for the house, Mom getting out the ice skates and cookie cutters -- chiefly signify is the family warmth and security that bridges the changing seasons. There's no story at all -- just a pat on the head with a not too soggy mitten.

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Parents' Magazine Press

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1973