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Lionel in the winter
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  School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Fifth in a series of beginning chapter books about a boy and his sister, this title will be an excellent addition to collections needing materials for transitional readers. In the first chapter, Lionel thinks about the pleasures of winter while the rest of his family prepares for it. Left alone in the kitchen, he laments the fact that sometimes the season gets lonely. In another episode, he pretends to be a great northern explorer, braving winds and cold in unknown territory. In the third chapter, the siblings discuss New Year's resolutions and make pointed suggestions to each other about which ones to make. In the final chapter, Lionel and a friend make snowmen. Natti's softly expressive watercolors combine just the right blend of realism and humorous whimsy. Written in clear, concise language, these tales of a two-parent, suburban family will help readers bridge the gap from picture books to lengthier chapter books.-Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

Gr. 1-2. The fifth in a series starring young Lionel, this episodic beginning reader features short tales with a winter theme. In the first story, Lionel's eager anticipation of cold weather sends everyone else in his family off to find blankets, mittens, and sweaters. The next tale, a convincing depiction of imaginary play, presents "Lord Lionel Showshoe [though the flap copy, probably more accurately, reads, `Snowshoe'], the Arctic explorer," as he survives an avalanche, grizzly bears, and an earthquake at the North Pole. In "New Year's Eve," Lionel, misinterpreting the nature of resolutions, advises his sister to resolve not to hog the phone or pick the pepperoni off pizzas in the coming year. Finally, Lionel and a friend build a snowman, then find a novel way to keep him from getting lonely after they go inside. The appealing, full-color artwork and good-natured stories make this an attractive choice for young readers. (Reviewed Apr. 1, 1994)0803713339Carolyn Phelan

  Horn Book Review

In the first of four stories, Lionel finds he is the lone member of his family to welcome winter. He then ventures outside as Lord Lionel Snowshoe, the Arctic explorer, learns about New Year's resolutions, and builds a fine snowman. The nuances of daily life, adroitly captured by both the author and illustrator, are celebrated in simple, satisfying vignettes that are pleasing both as read-aloud and read-alone fare. From HORN BOOK 1994, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
It's winter & Lionel is happy! The sky is cloudy & his parents are pulling out warm sweaters. Soon snow will fall; then Lionel's real winter fun will begin. Includes study guide
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