Winter fun…inside or out?
Friends and neighbors Croc and Turtle each make a list of snowy-day amusements. Turtle’s are all inside activities; Croc’s are all outside. Like the true friends they are, they compromise and decide to do everything on both lists. They start with ice skating, but Turtle’s never skated. It ends with a scary spin and a face-plant for Turtle. They switch to an indoor activity: making snowflakes. Turtle’s are beautiful; Croc’s are a confetti-and-tape mess. Sledding is terrifying (for Turtle), and a puzzle is boring (for Croc). The two have a falling out and go their separate ways. But a snowball fight and skiing are no fun for Croc without Turtle, and drawing and playing cards are equally joyless for Turtle…so the two apologize to each other, and Turtle has an idea. While Turtle makes cookies and cocoa inside, Croc builds an igloo outside; and the duo enjoys their warm treat in a frosty fort. Wohnoutka’s second chronicle of this reptile relationship is as charming and sunny (despite the wintry setting) as the first. The text consists entirely of dialogue, with each critter’s color-coded. Neither character has an assigned gender. Listeners and young readers will identify with the conflict and hopefully learn from the creative solution.
Should win this pair more friends and fans. (Picture book. 2-7)