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WINTER LIGHTS by Anna Grossnickle Hines Kirkus Star


A Season in Poems and Quilts

by Anna Grossnickle Hines & illustrated by Anna Grossnickle Hines

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-06-000817-2
Publisher: Greenwillow

Hines’s art is quilted; here she makes astonishingly beautiful images in her quilts and uses them as illustrations for a wreath of poems about winter celebrations, light and dark, in the Northern hemisphere. Amazingly, she can create the sense of glitter, flash and flame in pieces of cloth. She honors St. Lucia, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice and many other images of the season: the aurora borealis, farolitos, Christmas tree and house lights. A poem about icicles—“Overnight / an icicle grew, / catching the stars / above my window. / Now / in the sunlight / it / sets/ them / free”—is set over a mass of quilted stars made of more than 8,000 tiny triangles of vibrant color. A three-line poem called “Fireplace” shows quilted flames dancing like tiny elves. A small child protests the sun’s going down so early in a snow-covered landscape of quilted pattern and opalescent glow. A sparkling read-aloud choice for the holiday time of year. (author’s note) (Picture book. 5-9)