Starred review from Publishers Weekly, 9/15/13:
Winter Is for Snow. Robert Neubecker.
A boy works hard to persuade his younger sister that winter truly is the most
wonderful time of the year in a story that suggests that Neubecker is also the
type to enjoy bundling up and heading outdoors when the temperature drops.
The siblings alternately narrate in color-coded verse, amplifying the story’s
performative potential: “Winter is for excellent!/ Come out and play with me!”
shouts the boy. “Winter is to stay inside./ Please just let me be!” is his sister’s
response. Neubecker’s snow- laden illustrations are crammed with activity
while also revealing a certain emotional thawing that culminates in the girl
catching not a snowflake, but a tiny heart on her tongue. Ages 3–5.