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Two Winter Tales in Picture Books by Bloomsbury

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IMG_3643Robin’s Winter Song by Suzanne Barton

ISBN 978-1-4088-5614-8

Published by Bloomsbury in Hardcover –

Release date 08 October 2015

RRP £10.99

A Children’s Picture Book (Hardback)

Overview: the creatures are busy preparing for winter which is nearly upon them. Robin is curious to know what this scary ‘winter’ person/thing is. He grows to like winter, so when the times comes for wintertime to give up to spring Robin is not scared at all, just excited to meet ‘her’

Comment and Guide: the story moves from autumn, through the winter, to the beginning of spring in 24 pages. Lots of verbs in the text to describe the actions of the creatures. The illustrations are collage like, and so show lots of textural qualities but in a 2D form of course. The colours in the woods are a mix of autumnal shades on a white background (mostly). When winter eventually arrives the colour pallet changes to cool shades of blue and grey, but the lovely reds, oranges and browns of the animals adds a contrasting warmth to the pictures.This hardcover version has a keepsake quality about it and includes a Limited Edition Print at the back. Written and illustrated beautifully by the author, Suzanne Barton.

 

 

 

 

Snow Bear by Tony Mitton and Alison Brown

ISBN 978-1-4088-5334-4

Published by Bloomsbury

Release date 08 October 2015

RRP £6.99

A Children’s Picture Book (Paperback)

Overview: Snow bear is definitely a cutie! He is short, fluffy and stout, with his little legs, with dots for eyes and a big black button nose and he is searching for shelter from the cold. He manages to find a cozy place to stay for the night and he finds a new friend too.

Comment and Guide: this little story has both a survivalist theme and a moral one (in the context of its very young audience), and it is about friendship, so lots of children’s story book elements in just a few paragraphs! Snow Bear is both vulnerable and lovable. Illustrations are big, bold, bright and colourful.
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**competition now closed** Karen Davis and Cassandra Mayers are the winners. Both entered via Twitter

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Terms and conditions are:
Competition is open to UK residents only and entrants must be over 18

Only one entry per person

The Competition will run from Wednesday 11 Nov 2015 at 1300 GMT until Friday 20 Nov 2015 at Midnight

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1 prize =  Robin’s Winter Song in hardcover by Suzanne Barton

1 prize = Snow Bear by Tony Mitton and Alison Brown. So two prizes equals two winners.
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