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Ever since it was published in 1978, the picture-book presentation of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" has been an enduring favorite. For this special edition with a new design, trim size, and three new spreads, Susan Jeffers has added more detail and subtle color to her sweeping backgrounds of frosty New England scenes. There are more animals to...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 24th 2001 by Dutton Juvenile (first published January 1st 1969)
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Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Loved this poem. Story of my life.
Michelle
So often when I think of my children I think of vibrancy, energy, motion. Sometimes it's dancing, sometimes it's that I'm-too-tired-to-admit-I-need-a-nap frantic zooming from one thing they shouldn't do (or touch, or put in their mouth) to another. Poetry and children just seem to go together. Children respond with pleasure to the unexpected rhyme, the tap-tap-tapping of an alliterative phrase, or the reassuring rhythm of a familiar meter. In so many ways, kids are poetry - poetry in motion. Mos...more
MissInformation
Jun 13, 2007 MissInformation rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 1st and up
Shelves: picturebooks
I think that Jeffers lyrical illustrations really create a beautiful chord combined with Frost's words. I grew up in snow, and it is captured so exquisitely. I love this edition, but so much is communicated in the illustrations that I started to think about the words being overpowered or limited by the portrayal. I found most of the book, where there are animals subtly drawn in the trees- their image unfolding for the reader who pauses to look- to be in total support of the text, and not interfe...more
A Book Vacation
When I was in high school, my English teacher made my class memorize random poems. I don’t remember why we had to do this, but I do remember analyzing and memorizing “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” which soon became one of my favorite poems of all time. It stayed with me long after high school, and in my graduate program for education, I made an iMovie of the poem depicting the scenery while also depicting the chain rhyme on screen. I still have that iMovie and I occasionally show it in...more
Jane Lai
"Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost is a poem about a man's journey home. He is in the woods and should be going home but stopped in his tracks to gaze upon the winter scenery. I love this poem because it is very calming and soothing. I love the way Robert Frost creates imagery by using descriptive phrases such as "to watch his woods fill up with snow." A type of craft that Frost used when writing this poem was concentrating on the ending of the poem. He created an ending that...more
Rachel
Do not let my obvious appreciation for Robert Frost's poetry bias this review. The focus here is on Susan Jeffers's illustrated interpretation of this remarkable poem, and how it brings the poem to life for children and adults alike. Certainly the poem stands on its own merit, but the beautifully wrought illustrations of this edition perfectly accentuate the vision and emotion of the poem. The illustrations are paced carefully, not haphazardly, appearing where images are most appropriate and not...more
Reese
Austin Ratner's recent review of this book prompted me to enter the world of Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" as Susan Jeffers has depicted it. I plan to periodically return to Jeffers' exquisite illustrations. Perhaps at some point, I will feel as if they are enabling me to see Frost's thoughts. For now, though, I'll settle for the beauty in this presentation of one of the many memorable poems by my favorite poet.

My copy of this book won't be added to bookswap before I sleep.
Noelle
soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!
Kimberly
My grandmother challenged me to memorize this poem when I little. She said she would give me a dollar if I did. I never earned that dollar but I love this poem and think of her when I hear it. I think this book does a great job with the illustrations at really making the words make sense to young kids who might not be used to the poetic way of communicating.
Joanna
Apr 04, 2008 Joanna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joanna by: Mom
Wow! One of Robert Frost's best poems gorgeously illustrated! It is in print again (slightly smaller format), so now I can give my mom's copy back to her. This has been one of my favorites for pretty much my whole life, and I would give it ten stars if I could.
Britt Guild
I remember memorizing this poem when I was a child in elementary school. The act of memorizing the poem is such a distinct and lovely memory, and I feel the words have stayed with me since then. The illustrations in this book recreated this memory and how my love of being surrounded by snow will always be a part of me. It is a beautiful poem with illustrations that capture the emotions of my childhood. The poem is about a man walking through the darkness of the winter woods and his feelings as h...more
Linore
This is a sweetly illustrated book and makes a nice read-aloud for littler ones. My problem with it is that the illustrations fail to do justice to the poem's intimations. There's way too much light for "the darkest evening of the year," for instance, and the narrator is shown making snow angels on the snowy floor of the woods. If you want to read a poem to little ones while having pictures to show, fine. But I wouldn't think Robert Frost would enjoy this near subversion of his masterpiece! The...more
Debbie
I love Robert Frost’s poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, and even if you are in the minority that doesn’t feel the same way, you’re no doubt familiar with some of the lines.

I was very pleased to see this book on a sale table and snapped it up, looking forward to reading the poem again.
But the artist Susan Jeffers has used only the first and last stanzas of Frost’s poem, along with a couple of stray phrases from the third verse to accompany her drawings of snowy woods. To me, the original...more
Mary Walling
Apr 13, 2012 Mary Walling rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ages 4 and above
Recommended to Mary by: Little Red Reads
Stopping By Woods on A Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost and Susan Jeffers
Paperback: 25 pages
Published 1969
by Scholastic
ISBN-10: 0590098454
ISBN-13: 978-0590098458
Book Source: Bought
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Book Description from Amazon: Ever since it was published in 1978, the picture-book presentation of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" has been an enduring favorite. For this special edition with a new design, trim size, and three new spreads, Susan Jeffers has added more detail and subtl...more
David
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers is the famous 1922 poem beutifully illustrated in a picturebook presentation.

The famous poem is presented in full, along with an artist's note.

The base plate for the art was prepared with pencil and pen and ink; overlays were drawn in pencil. The addition of color just to the old man focuses attention on him, while not detracting from the natural beauty of the woods, the animals and the all encompasing snow. Jeffe...more
Cis
This was my favorite poem growing up. I love winter, and the snow, and the beauty within that season. I remember discussing it in my AP English class in 10th grade. I definitely had a completely different idea of the meaning behind the poem than other students in my class. But that is what makes poems great, they can mean something different to anyone who reads them.

I got this particular version as a 21st birthday present. I loved the drawings, the small details that were hidden in the drawings...more
Zerin Hasan
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"And miles to go before I sleep
and miles to go before I sleep..."


these two lines actually give you all the theory of this life..
not sure how many times I've read this poem..every time I read..get some deep message than before.. actually we come here alone and will gone be..but before we have so many works to do..and in this uncertain life..we just don't know where we'll be knocked off...

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Awesome written by Robert Frost..I'm never gonna tired reading it<3
Etta Mcquade
How I love Robert Frost's memorable poem and along with it, Susan Jeffers' quiet black and white illustrations touched by a bit of color on the man who stops by the woods. (I found a brand-new copy at the D.I. for $1.00 today.)
Amy Cornelsen
Jeffers did a wonderful job of illustrating this classic Robert Frost poem by merging it with a story of a man feeding the forest animals.

For me, anyone who manages to make an adult poem connect with kids automatically receives bonus points.

Personal tip: clarify that, although he wears red and has a white beard, this man is not Santa. Even my husband was thrown when he realized the sleigh carried bird seed and not presents.

A fun aspect of the story is its “I Spy” quality. Jeffers often hid the...more
LeAnn Forystek
I honestly loved this. I loved reading one or Robert Frost's poems turned into a children's book with beautiful illustrations. This is a book I'd like to own.
Nancy
I reread this beautiful picture book by Susan Jeffers illustrating one of Robert Frost’s most famous poems, brought to mind when I read the book “Old School” by Tobias Wolf last month. Both the poet and the poem are featured in that book. It’s been in my library for fifteen years and I’ve enjoyed it many times. The illustrations captivate the beauty of snow, where the whole environment is covered in white but the old man, and the children he stops to visit whose enjoyment of the snow is highlig...more
Badseedgirl
This picture book was one of my first encounters with poetry, and to this day the line "The Woods are lovely dark and deep" haunts and thrills me. Susan Jeffers illustrations add the perfect setting to this poem and make what would otherwise be a tough swallow easy for a child. I love the pops of color in the black and white forest. As small children, mine would point out the colorful person, but as they got older, would look for the bunnies hidden throughout the pictures. Although not a traditi...more
Emily
A quiet comes over us just reading this together. I enjoy the beautiful illustrations matched with the wistful, classic verse.
Kate
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening was a gem among my gifts of the season this year! Combine the words of poet Robert Frost with Susan Jeffers' awe-inspiring illustrations and you have a real treasure! Her character lends colorful contrast to the subtle shades of white in these beautiful snowscapes. He is playful, and reminiscent of a young Santa as he romps in the snow and leaves gifts for the woodland animals. Turn the pages slowly and revel in the beauty of each page!
Sarah
The pencil drawings work well to portray the coldness of the snowy forest. The man within each illustration is colored in, setting him off from the rest of the drawing and calling attention to his actions. Although the poem by Robert Frost is a simple poem about a man walking through the woods, the illustrations show a man searching for a Christmas tree. Although this was not the original intent of the poem, the illustrations look like they fit perfectly. The pictures are more artistic than fun,...more
Holly
I grew up reading, memorizing, and loving this poem. But then my mom bought this edition of Frost's poem, with these gorgeous illustrations by Susan Jeffers. I mean, the pages are simply stunning, and I could just look at them for long stretches and not get tired of them. In fact, my son (he just turned 5, but was newly 4 when we got this) loves to look at it and pick out the "hidden" animals :) The paintings are just gorgeous and the perfect accompaniment to the words of this lovely poem. I'm j...more
Elizabeth Moore
Absolutely endearingly illustrated book. Children's Lit for grownups.
Heather
Amazing Illustrations and a wonderful poem.
Megan
Dec 06, 2010 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: poetry lovers
I love poet Robert Frost. I also love illustrator Susan Jeffers - who gives us her unique spin on the classic poem "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening". The poem itself can take many forms and many meanings for those who read it, but Jeffers infuses it with a light Christmas touch. The traveler in this book resembles a Santa Claus-type figure, driving his sleigh loaded with gifts through the woods and visiting with friends and neighbors. Beautiful words and beautiful imagery - it's no wonder I...more
Meg McGregor
When people ask me to think of my "happy place" this poem is it!

I would just love to be able to go into the woods of this poem and just stay there forever!

I taught this poem for years and it is my absolute favorite! The illustrations by Jeffers are beyond artistic - they are absolutely perfect.

To me this is winter personified!
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“These woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
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“Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
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