Winter with Lily & Milo

Clavis. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781605375656.
PreS-K–The winsome return of two friends and their daily activities, their experience of the seasons, and the simple concepts they encounter. Rabbit Lily and her adventurous mouse friend, Milo, confront a variety of winter scenarios—going outside, what to wear or take outdoors, and how to warm up. Outside they find frozen ground, bare trees, and hungry birds. As it starts to snow heavily, they feed the birds and start a snowman until Milo, shivering with cold, realizes he has lost his hat, scarf, and mittens. Brightly colored, outlined characters with simply drawn expressions lead this romp, while sentences are structured to emphasize new words, offer brief dialogue between characters, and support new vocabulary through groups of items to wear or bring outside. Window views to the quickly changing weather encourage page turns; Oud provides visual clues to reveal the loss and location of Milo’s missing articles of clothing.
VERDICT This suggested general purchase for all libraries is well designed for language development and early reading, and could be an especially useful addition as a brief lesson on winter for the very young.

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