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1. 10 quotes to inspire a love of winter

Winter encourages a certain kind of idiosyncratic imagery not found during any other season: white, powdery snow, puffs of warm breath, be-scarfed holiday crowds. The following slideshow presents a lovely compilation of quotes from the eighth edition of our Oxford Dictionary of Quotations that will inspire a newfound love for winter, whether you’ve ever experienced snow or not!

Are there any other wintry quotes that you love? Let us know in the comments below.

Headline image credit: Winter bird. Photo by Mathias Erhart. CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr. All slideshow background images CC0/public domain via Pixabay or PublicDomainPictures.net (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10).

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2. Comic: Snowman Gift


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3. Snowy Christmas

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4. Davy Crockett In Winter

Cover Illustration for
Davy Crockett: Frontier Hero
Watercolor on Arches hot press paper
Steven James Petruccio

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5. Snow

Snow by Isao Sasaki

by Isao Sasaki (Viking, 1982)

Snow by Isao Sasaki

I’m not too sure if this book is still in print or not, but I snagged it at a used bookstore in Seattle once upon a long time ago. It was the best six bucks I spent in the entire city. Maybe the best six bucks ever.

This book felt familiar, and I’m sure I’ve buried some memories of reading it as a kid somewhere deep inside my book-person-soul. Opening the pages again to a story both calm and busy was also the only way to experience any snow in these parts.

And so, Snow.

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The book itself is a square. It’s the soft gray of winter skies. Each illustration is framed within a border of a lighter shade of that barely gray. Maybe it’s its 1982-ness, but it also feels like looking at a slide. Remember those?

Because of this bit of framing, this story is told in snippets like snapshots—of a day, of a season, of a bustling platform, but it also feels like we’re watching from a distance, remembering something that was so simple and sweet.Snow by Isao Sasaki

And at the same time, Snow is intimate. All of the action happens in the foreground. That’s where the train rumbles and the station agent shovels.

Once upon another long time ago I wrote about the rule of thirds, and that’s beautifully at work here.

We’re looking in from the outside, thanks to the white space, but we’re right there with them, thanks to the foreground action. It’s a balance, a push and pull, and some inviting tension in the quietest of stories.

Snow by Isao Sasaki

Only one spread has an illustration that takes up the entire page. A wide rectangle becomes a perfect track for rolling in. (Or is it out? But does it matter?) A wide rectangle becomes the perfect break in the pace of this book.

Much like the snow, falling heavier at times, lighter at others. Much like the light of the day, changing from dawn to dark.

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6. Christmas Snow....

"...and every mother's child is going to spy 
to see if reindeer really know how to fly...."

Tara Larsen Chang, watercolor

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7. La Principessa nel Bosco di Neve

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8. Amy Huntington...Learning new skills


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9. Sugar White Snow and Evergreens

Some snowy scenes from SUGAR WHITE SNOW AND EVERGREENS written by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky and illustrated by Susan Swan

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10. A New Hat

From an early reader done for Scholastic, "Giving Gifts". Luanne Marten.

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11. "Iced Water"

Steven James Petruccio
watercolor on Arches paper

This is a painting of the makeshift trough used by horses my wife used to have.  The water would freeze in the winter.  I sold this years ago but it's still one of my favorites.

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13. Scarlett in the Storm

Based on a scene from SCARLETT, to be published late in 2015.  Egg tempera on gessoed masonite.

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14. snow. no.

Patrick Girouard

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15. stripes and bows...

©the enchanted easel 2014

©the enchanted easel 2014

and a sweet little penguin named alaska!

that's what's been on the easel this week...in honor of my favorite season, which is right around the corner...WINTER! :)

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16. Some things are worth waiting for: Snow by Samuel Usher

Illustrator Sam Usher burst onto the scene two years ago with with a riot of colour and pattern in Can You See Sassoon?, which was shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award 2013. When your first book gets flagged up as a potential prize winner, there is some expectation and anticipation when it comes to future publications.

More than two years after Can You See Sassoon? was published, Usher is back, and like all good things, it has been worth the wait.

snowfrontcoverSnow by Sam Usher celebrates that wonderfully exciting feeling in the pit of your stomach when you open your eyes in the morning, draw back the curtains and… your world has been transformed by a deep blanket of snow. The potential for play, the white world waiting to be explored, the possibility to really make your own mark….ahh! Just how quickly can you get out there to delight in at all?

A young boy zooms through getting ready, frustrated by the time it takes his Grandfather to join him. Will it be worth the wait for other kids are already out there leaving footprints everywhere?

A whole lot of snowballs and a little bit of childhood magic later, Grandpa and child agree “some things are definitely worth waiting for“. With Snow, I couldn’t agree more.


Usher’s illustrations are full of life and energy; there’s a comfortable looseness about them, and I cannot help but draw comparisons (in the best possible way) with Quentin Blake. Perhaps it is because the Grandfather in this story physically reminds me of Blake, with his bald pate and avuncular manner. But it’s also in the noses, the wonky fingers, the hand gestures and I love this stylistic echo. Indeed I get a real kick from these potentially vulnerable pen lines that speak to me of a real person, drawing a line that connects creator, story, reader and listener together.

With another contender for my favourite page turn of the year, showing how an almost plain white page can produce both gasps and a burst of warm delight, Snow is a wintry classic that will bring much delight and joy, however long you have to wait for it.


Alas weather in our part of the world has been unseasonally warm so I don’t hold out much hope of snow any time this year. Ever the optimist, I instead made some snow to play with in the warmth of our kitchen.

Snow dough is a moldable yet friable substance akin to commercially available ‘moon sand’, made out of corn flour (corn starch) and oil. We mixed about one part sunflower oil to four parts corn flour, and just for good measure added in a few drops of peppermint essential oil so that our snow dough smelt like Christmas candy.


I smoothed out the snow dough to recreate that blissful untouched vista of snow, and brought out a load of playmobil people and plastic animals (matching those in the book where possible). A small pot of glitter, for pinching and casting over the scene to add a little extra sparkle completed the invitation to play.


Lots of tracks in the snow were made, and because the snow dough is moldable, caches of snowballs and even an igloo were also prepared.


The snow dough has a wonderful crunch to it when you mold it – satisfyingly just like real snow!


Cake and hot chocolate completed our afternoon playing in the “snow”.


Whilst playing in the snow we listened to:

  • Dean Martin sing Let it Snow!
  • Snow Day by Zak Morgan – we really love this one!
  • Snow Day Dance by The Fuzzy Lemons

  • Other activities which could work well alongside reading Snow include:

  • Creating your own snowstorm at home. Inspired by the ‘Snowstorm in China’ magic trick (click here to see in action – I’m assuming shiny trousers are optional), you – and the kids – could tear up large quantities of white tissue paper and then use fans to get the “snow” falling in your home.
  • Using a jam jar to male a snow globe. I particularly like this tutorial on Our Best Bites.
  • Researching how to make the best hot chocolate. Why not make a “science lab” with different types of milk, cocoa vs hot chocolate powder vs melted chocolate, optional extras like marshmallows or flaked chocolate and investigate different ways of making this wintry drink; kids will no doubt enjoy coming up with their own recipes. Here’s a comparison of different recipes to get you started.
  • I know at least one of my readers has already got snow this November (Hello Donna!), but has anyone else had the chance to play in snow yet this year? Or are you heading into Summer?

    Disclosure: I received a free review copy of Snow from the publisher.

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    17. Snowman’s Story, by Will Hillenbrand | Book Giveaway

    Enter to win a hardcover copy of Snowman's Story, by Will Hillenbrand Giveaway begins November 12, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 11, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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    18. Caldecott Honor-Winning John Rocco Talks About Blizzard

    John Rocco discusses his newest picture book, Blizzard, the companion to your Caldecott Honor-winning Blackout.

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    19. Spring!

     Last night I squeezed in twenty miles after school. I didn't feel all that great, and I knew that some exercise would help. It did. It's lovely to be able to ride outside in shorts again!
     And here's Freya down at the creek this morning. Happy girl waded through the water.
    Just seven days ago, this was us! How easy we forget!

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    20. and another...

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    detail of my painting "the wistful ones"
    ©the enchanted easel 2014

    what's that you say, mr. polar bear? you'd like to take me away with you on an ARCTIC adventure? well, yes sir. i would happily oblige you, mr. polar bear...as we seem to have a true love and appreciation for the same type of climate. :)

    {it's NO secret...i loathe summer, heat and humidity. not one bone in my little august born body likes this weather...especially once the numbers hit triple digits. add in the words "oppressive" and "heat warning" and yeah, nicole is not a happy camper. so.....

    AC is pumped up, Christmas music is on (after all it is Christmas in july) and i'll be dreaming of snowflakes and Christmas lights while painting at the easel. speaking of "Christmas lights"...(sorry, couldn't resist attaching the video below) which leads me to some wishful thinking...perhaps a little Chris Martin under my preverbal Christmas tree. hmmm..;)}

    ***ps and btw, here's a link to the painting above...FOR SALE as a PRINT***

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    22. my favourite books

    These are taken from an interview with the amazing Zoe Toft



    Filed under: children's illustration, dances, flying, journeys, snow, songs

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    23. A new day - a new play. First scene of "Storm Warning"

    Sometimes, when all the stars are in alignment and conditions are right, a play writes itself. This was the case with "Retribution" and it seems it's repeating itself in my latest project, "Storm Warning." I'm toying with the idea of possibly making it a dinner theatre piece but will wait for a final decision, depending on how the story progresses. Comments both pro and con always welcome. More characters are added in later scenes. 

    SCENE: Interior of a train. LEONARD WILSON stares out of the train window, his eyes transfixed on the sky. Sitting next to him is, GRANT SCOTT, another passenger, who is absorbed in reading a book.


    (softly to himself)
    Snow sky. Just what I need


    I was talking to myself that it looks like snow

    It's February.  Gotta expect the white stuff

    They called for sun - not snow. Then again ,
    they have an accuracy rate of maybe 25%

    they get it right 50% of the time

    Maybe  but never when you need an accurate forecast

    People think that we have an inside track with  the big guy upstairs. We interpret changing weather systems and fronts. Even then, Mother Nature likes to play tricks on us

    By "we" does that mean you're one of them?

    If you mean do I predict the weather, I work for KMJO. Does that mean we stop talking to each other, now?

    (GRANT laughs)

    So I’m sitting next to a media personality?

    Nobody ever called me that but I'll take it

    Are you on-camera? I mean, would I recognize you?

    If you watch the weather at the end of our news and sports broadcast, my face might strike a familiar chord

    So...like...how'd you end up doing this? Did you go to weather college or something? Wind is picking up. Not good…not good…

    Relax, pal.  Ain’t nothing you can do about it. I have a degree in meteorology. As a kid, I was fascinated how heat and cold affect people and animals. Went tornado hunting when I got older and almost got swept away by one.  There’s something about the rawness of nature – you know…the unpredictibility… that has always interested me. Anyway, now I'm the official excuse for not going into work on snow days or cancelling picnics when it rains. You'd be surprised how many nasty phone calls we get when we're wrong. People take their weather predictions very seriously.

    (staring out of the window looking up at the sky)
    Your guess would be snow?

    Most likely. Don't take this the wrong way but you seem very tense about the possibility of a storm on the way. Guess you have an important appointment


    Wouldn’t worry too much. We're travelling by train. Never heard of a train getting stuck in a snow storm, at least not in these parts

    But I am. Snow could cause a delay and I can’t afford that

    You might as well take it easyand enjoy the trip. Worrying doesn’t make things go any faster. A teacher once told me that

    Look - don't wanna be rude but I don't feel like talking anymore

    No problem-o. Got’cha loud and clear. It’s my media background that makes me gabby. I'll go back to reading my book

    (silence for a few minutes)

    (Cont'd. GRANT)
    Really looks like we're in for some kind of bad weather for sure

    Shoot! Really don't need this!

    Sorry. I'm blabbering again, aren't I? Not one more word will come out of my mouth

    ...hadn't counted on snow... Changes things...

    Look. You're working yourself up for nothing. It's gonna snow whether you like it or want it. The worst that can happen is that we'll arrive late. I'm Grant by the way and you are...

    Pissed off. Like I told you, not in a talking mood

    (GRANT pulls at his shirt collar and wipes his forehead with the back of his hand)

    Really man - you're gonna give yourself a heart attack if you keep on like that. I was only trying to pass the time

    Who cares! I gotta get out’ta here

    (GRANT stands up and pushes his way past LEONARD and storms down the train aisle
    An elderly woman, MARY, seated in the seat on opposite side of the aisle, watches and listens to their conversation)

    Hostile, isn't he?

    (stretching the upper part of his body, watching GRANT disappear)
    You better believe it!

    You were only trying to make small talk

    Obviously picked the wrong person to sit next to

    Rude too! Some people have no manners

    Never mind manners. How about plain, old civility

    Did I hear you say you're a weatherman on TV? Am I sitting next to a gen-u-ine celebrity?

    Wouldn't go as far as to call myself a celebrity but I do forecasts on TV

    I'm a weather forecaster too, y'know!

    You don't say. Which station?

    Not a fancy prognosticator like you, of course, but when my legs ache, it's a sure sign there's gonna be something

    (MARY rubs her knees)

    And is it gonna snow?

    Major snow I would say by all the pain I’m feeling. Mr. Crazy Man there is gonna freak out for sure

    The guy’s obviously got somewhere to be. Tough luck. Mother Nature has other ideas

    You know what they say: y’can’t mess around with mother nature! I’m Mary, by the way. Darn! Dropped a stitch. Now I’m  going to have to unravel this and try to pick it up. Oh well. Lots of time to do it

    Leonard.... Leonard Wilson. My friends call me Lenny.  The people that watch me call me a lot of other not-so-nice names when we make mistakes on the forecast. That’s a lot of scarf you’re making there

    People have such high expectation of each other these days.  No room for errors or leniency. You make one mistake and… Listen to me go on. There. Found it.  Not a scarf. An afghan. It’s a cover for a bed

    You travelling alone? There I go being nosy again. That’s what I get from working in the media. How about the two of us continuing our conversation over a coffee?

    (Conductor interrupts their conversation)

    ‘Scuse me...sorry folks but I'm going to have to ask you not to leave your seats

    (staring out of the window)
    It’s starting to snow. I really hope we’re not delayed…have to be somewhere by tonight. People are waiting to meet me at the other end. Delay is not acceptable at all…not at all… Why do we have to stay seated, by the way?

    They’re calling for a major snow fall but this has nothing to do with the weather

    Don't tell, me, the state police have come aboard looking for bank robbers....

    …or an axe murderer …

    Pesky mechanical problems is all.

    Sorry but I don’t get why we have to stay put. How does our moving around affect repairing the train?

    We need to stop over in Timmersville for a spell to get a part. Not sure how long it’s gonna take. What with a storm on its way, it would be better if you don’t wander around

    Say what?  You expect us to sit here for who knows how many hours while a spare train part is found? Ridiculous!  We’re not planning to leave the train or anything

    (starts to get up)

    (Leonard cont’d)
    I need to stretch my legs

    Me too…these old legs can’t stay in one position for long

    (blocking them leaving)
    Can’t let you do that

    Let us pass, please. You have no right to stop us

    No can do

    Why not?

    Look – they told me to do this and that’s what I’m doing

    They would be, who?

    You better level with us if you want us to stay put


    For your own safety, don’t ask questions

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    24. Blizzard

    A Junior Library Guild Selection 2014

    One winter day it started to snow,
    and it did
    At first it was fun, 
    But four days later, the snowplows still hadn’t come, 
    cabin fever was setting in, 
    and rations were running low. 
    Someone had to take action. 
    Will one intrepid boy be able to triumph over a fearsome BLIZZARD? 

    “We dug tunnels and secret rooms under the snow.”


    Blizzard by John Rocco -a book trailer from John Rocco on Vimeo.

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    25. Dancing in the Snow

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