Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Frost, Robert, illustrated by Susan Jeffers.  1969.  Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening E.P. Dutton, New York.   ISBN 0-525-40115-6.   I had never before realized this poem had been made into a children’s book.  The illustrations are beautiful with images of snowflakes, snow covered woods, and all the animals hiding in them.  I think that rhyming for young children is very important in developing language skills because it highlights how one sound can change meaning (minimal pairs).  Sometimes I think the images can take away from a story, but that is not the case here.  Jeffers’ illustrations that accompany Frost’s Stopping by Woods… develop the child’s imagination by having the woodland animals hidden in the woods.  This gives the book an added dimension that is not apparent in the poem itself.

Children, birth to seven.

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