On A Wintry Morning


There's new snow outside. A perfect day for Daddy to bundle up his baby and explore the day.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

It's great to have a daddy-and-me tale. The poem moves quickly through the day outdoors.

Content Awareness Factors:

The poem could use a little more sophistication in its rhyming pattern. Some of the activities (like riding in a horse-drawn sleigh) may not be available to you with every snow.

Little Kid Reaction

We immediately loved it because "it looks like me." S/He also liked making the sounds of sleigh riding and picking out particularly pages "go to the horses". Now we want to read it ourselves because we like to "blow on toes" and "kiss the nose and cheeks."

Big Kid Reaction

Who doesn't love kisses from their child? A nice poem, albeit a bit stilted. The first two lines of each 4-line stanza are identical which makes the rhyme a little boring.

Type of Book:
The author uses poetry to describe all the things Daddy does with his little girl.
Educational Themes:

The story moves quickly through many of the things you can do outside on a snowy day.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 8
Recommended Age To Read Together:
0 to 4
Age of child:
Started reading with child 2 years old. Our child returns to this periodically still, three years later.
Purchase Recommendation:
This book could go either way. Its nice to add a Daddy-and-me book to the collection, but there are other nice stories out there, too. Keep it in mind as a good gift title.

Title On a Wintry Morning
Author Dori Chaconas
Publisher Viking Children's Books, a Penguin Random House Company © 2000
Illustrators Stephen T. Johnson
ISBN 0670892459
Material Hard Cover
Cost $5.99
Genres Poetry
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