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Nov 08 2015

Robin's Winter Song by Suzanne Barton

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Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 9781408859148
Picture book. Themes: Seasons - Winter. A beautifully illustrated story of young Robin as he discovers the true meaning of 'Winter' in the Northern hemisphere. As some animals make plans and preparations to avoid or escape or to prepare for the privations that lie ahead, Robin considers what he might need to do. Eventually he discovers the joy and beauty of the winter season. Colour is used carefully in this book, and muted tones in contrast to the Robin's red breast make this book a visually appealing exploration of the season from Robin's perspective. This does not contain any unusual plot twists or unique understanding of Winter, and the hibernating bear definitely places this story in a non-Australian setting, so it is not a picture book that would be a 'must-have' on Australian shelves. But it is a gentle and joyful exploration of Winter and the changes in seasons.
Carolyn Hull

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