Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Winters Child” as Want to Read:
When Tom wishes winter would never end, he meets another boy who shares his love of snow and ice. Playing together every day, Tom hardly notices that spring doesn't come - until he realises the terrible effect of unending winter is having on the countryside and his sick grandma. His friend is Winter's child, and for the seasons to go on the friends must say goodbye until ...more
Hardcover, 33 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Templar Books
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
A young boy delights in the wonders of winter and wishes for it to last forever. Then he meets a strange boy with eyes the color of ice and hair the color of snow. They have wondrous adventures. But the long cold winter is taking its toll at home. Firewood is nearly gone, food is scarce, and Tom’s grandmother ails for the want of spring. Hoping to ease his grandmother’s suffering, Tom uses his beloved skis to heat their home a little longer. The mystery boy witnesses the sacrifice and realizes ...more
Oct 20, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it · review of another edition
In this picture book from England, Tom loves the snow and ice and winter and wishes that the season would never leave. To his surprise, it doesn't. While he plays every day with a new friend, his grandmother grows colder and more fragile, and it seems as though spring will never come. The family burns everything they have to keep warm, and they grow hungrier every day. When he tells his friend how worried he is about his grandmother, the boy realizes that he must leave so that things can return ...more
This book shouldn't disappoint ... but it did. Winter wilds, ailing grandmother, loving family, friendship ... why does this not strike a chord? I think it's the style of both the art and the writing. The reader isn't pulled into the story. The characters remain distant. The landscape is literally and figuratively cold. The message is one that I like: Be careful what you wish for; your wish might come true. But not as told in this story. Not a keeper.
When Tom meets an unexpected friend, he wishes winter will never end. But a long winter can mean hardships and both boys realize that it is time for spring. My favorite part of this book was the intricate details in the illustrations. The snowflakes are like lace upon the page. The story is a wonderful addition to any library.
Angela McAllister has written over thirty children's books. She lives in Hampshire with her husband and their two children, who are often the inspiration for her stories.More about Angela McAllister...