The First Day of Winter

The First Day of Winter Cover

The First Day of Winter

By Denise Fleming

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805073843, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2005


A cozy, cumulative book to warm a cold winter day

Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts for a special friend. This cumulative tale will have children chanting along as they discover all the trimmings needed for the most perfect snowman ever.

About the Author
Denise Fleming was awarded a Caldecott Honor for "In the Small, Small Pound," She also wrote and illustrated "In the Tall, Tall Grass," "Lunch," "Count!," and "Barnyard Banter," "Where Once There Was a Wood" was inspired by the woods, meadows, and creek near her home in Toledo, Ohio.
"I spent a great deal of time in the area watching wild creatures go about their lives," she says. "And it was there that I collected plant material for the borders of this book. Unfortunately, the area is now a housing development."
Fleming wants to enusre that the former woodland is not forgotten. "I hope this book will inspire others to preserve--and create--their own wildlife habitats."

Praise For The First Day of Winter

“Fleming’s pulp paintings are a celebration of shape, color, and texture.” —The Horn Book

“Fleming brings a cheerful childlike tone to her text, along with abundant touches of humor and tenderness.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review