A boy, his father and their dog have a perfect day in a snowy city, illustrated by Governor General’s Literary Award winner Gary Clement.
A young boy wakes up in the early light of a winter morning, pulls on his boots and mittens, and steps out into the snowy city with his dad. They trudge through the snow, their dog bounding along beside them, then a slushy, steamy bus ride takes them to the tobogganing hill for some winter fun. The boy describes all the sights and sounds of the day, from the frost in Dad’s beard and the snow “pillows” in the park, to the noisy clunking snow plows and the singing buskers they pass on their way home. That night, the boy lies awake under cozy covers, reflecting on the day, as snow blankets the world outside his window.
This is winter in the city.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
JAMES GLADSTONE is an editor and author of books for children. He has also written the highly acclaimed picture book When Planet Earth Was New, illustrated by Katherine Diemert, and, most recently, Turtle Pond, illustrated by Karen Reczuch. James lives in Toronto.
Gary Clement is an award-winning author and illustrator. He has won the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for The Great Poochini and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for Just Stay Put, and Oy, Feh, So by Cary Fagan. He has also illustrated A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King and Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel by Celia Barker Lottridge. He is the editorial cartoonist for the National Post, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Gary lives in Toronto where he regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings.
Praise for James Gladstone, Gary Clement and My Winter City:
Globe 100 List, 2019
Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, Finalist 2020
“A delicious, snow-filled slice of life.” — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for James Gladstone and When Planet Earth Was New:
“Evocative … bold … poetic … will spark readers’ imaginings of a nascent Earth.” — Publishers Weekly
Praise for Gary Clement and Swimming, Swimming:
“The entertaining energy of youth never stops and Clement’s pages are appropriately always in motion … You’re going to want to dive back in again and again.” — BookDragon
“Exuberant cartoon paintings bring the traditional children’s song — and the perfect summer’s day — to vivid life.” School Library Journal