NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE WEEK: Winter Harriet Brundle

NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE WEEK: Winter Harriet Brundle BLOG   6th January 2020

NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE WEEK: Winter – Seasons of the Year by Harriet Brundle Published by BookLife


We are well and truly in the midst of winter at the moment. The only thing we don’t have yet is the snow. So this is an excellent time to share with my grandchildren aged 3 to 7 years old the beautiful and informative book Winter – Seasons of the Year by Harriet Brundle published by BookLife which we believe is so good we have awarded it our Non-fiction Book of the Week.

The book’s 24 full colour, glossy pages have good basic sentences to set out clearly what the season of winter is all about. You can feel the coldness on every page, but you soon pick up on all the fun winter has to offer too.

All my grandchildren loved the book but especially George who is 3½ years old. Let’s see what he has to say.


Hi. Welcome to my world. Won’t you come on in?

Yes, it’s George here, Blogging again after a brilliant Christmas and New year holiday.

I was cold sometimes over Christmas and New Year. Grandad said that was because they fall in the depth of winter. I wanted to find out more about winter and that’s why me and Grandad read the book Winter – Seasons of the Year by Harriet Brundle Published by BookLife and found it so good. The book explained what winter is all about. I now see that winter weather makes me feel cold.

I found the book so good at explaining clearly all about winter and that is why we made it our Non-fiction Book of the Week.

The front cover has a photograph of a little girl dressed all snug and warm walking happily in the snow. The photograph is so realistic, the snow is white, and the background is light blue and just looking at it makes me shiver with cold. Across the top of the cover the title ‘Winter’ is boldly printed in white adding to the coldness.

On Page 4 there is a short explanation about what seasons are: spring, summer autumn and winter. Page 5 explains that each season is different. When me and Grandad talked about the pictures of the four seasons the differences became very clear. You see summer is hot and winter cold. But there are lots of other differences too.

The photographs in the book are beautiful and clear, colourful, simple and good to look at. You learn so much from them due to their content. On Page 8 and 9 there are photographs of the winter weather that are so good you almost feel the splash of water as the child’s red wellies splash in the puddle and you feel the coldness of the snow in the snowball fight.

As the photographs are so vivid you know exactly what winter and winter weather is all about.

On Page 6 I learned winter occurs in December, January and February. That means we are slap bang in the middle of winter at the moment.

On Page 20 we are advised of things to do in winter and it says many people celebrate Christmas. Me and all my family do. One thing Grandad could not explain was, is it winter because it is Christmas or Christmas because it is winter. He opted out by saying Christmas just happened and it was accidental that it was in the winter.

There are lots of photographs of the snow in this book. To be honest the book really makes clear that winter is all about snow and rain. Five children are photographed with the very best snow man you ever did see, he’s wearing a beautiful red. Scarf. I wished they were my friends. I’d love to play with as good a snowman as that one.

Snowmen like winter, it is the only time they are able to come out to play.

There are lots of pictures of animals in winter. One is of lots of penguins as they love the winter weather. I like penguins. The way they walk makes me laugh. Other animals like hedgehogs go to sleep for the winter (hibernate) the book tells us. I feel sorry for them they miss the fun of the snow, splashing in puddles and Christmas. If Sister Freya was a hedgehog, she’d sleep through her birthday every year which is on 24th December.

I feel sorry for any hedgehog born in winter, but Grandad says none are born during the hibernation period of winter. How does Grandad know?

On Page 7 there is a full-page photograph of a girl with a massive clock. I would think it is bigger than me. Grandad read the writing on the page to me and explained that the sun shines for a shorter time in a day in winter and that is why they seem like short days. That is why it is dark when I go to nursery in winter and dark when I come home and I thought it was Mum and Dad taking me earlier and leaving me longer at nursery. It certainly feels that way in winter.

Winter has lots of bad things but even more good things. But this book Winter by Harriet Brundle is one of the best and most beautiful and cosy things about winter.

Bye Bye, George.



Winter (Seasons of the Year) by Harriet Brundle (Author)

Hardcover:            24 pages

Age Range:           4-7 years

Publisher:              BookLife Publishing

Bold images and easy read text promise to engage young readers in this fun series on the four seasons. Children can find out about the different types of weather to expect, whilst also learning about seasonal foods and activities.



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