In her childrens book Winter Lights, Anna Grossnickle Hines celebrates the beauty of winter lights during the season of short days and long dark nights. These include the lights of a number of holidays, including Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, as well as other winter lights.
A Variety of Winter Lights
As Hines states in the book, "During the dark months, we turn to light for comfort and to lift our spirits: a dancing candle flame, a cozy fire, a beaming flashlight. . . . But perhaps most heartwarming of all are the lights we use in winter celebrations." With poems about winter lights illustrated with beautiful miniature quilts, Hines celebrates the beauty of the season. Her poems include the celebrations of
- Santa Lucia
- Winter Solstice
- Chinese New Year.
Other lights emphasized in Winter Lights
include starlight, firelight, sunlight, morning light, and the light of the aurora borealis.
The Quilts in Winter Lights
Each two-page spread includes a poem accompanied by an intricate, beautifully designed miniature quilt. According to the publisher, "Two of the quilts in the book, Solstice and Star Catchers, each contain 8,450 triangles and took four hundred hours to sew."
At the end of the book, there is a three-page article by Hines about the making of the quilts. Included are color photographs of the process and Log Cabin quilt square patterns.
Anna Grossnickle Hines, Author and Illustrator
Anna Grossnickle Hines's first childrens book, Taste the Raindrops
, was published in 1983. Winter Lights
is the third childrens book Hines has illustrated with quilts. The first, Pieces: A Year in Poems and Quilts
, is one of our familys favorites. The second, Whistling
, which features appliqué, was written by Elizabeth Partridge.
In addition to the three childrens books she illustrated with quilts, Anna Grossnickle Hines 50+ books include My Grandma is Coming to Town, illustrated by Melissa Sweet; Which Hat is That?, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Got You!, Not Without Bear, My Own Big Bed, What Joe Saw, Big Like Me, and Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti.
Winter Lights Activity Guide
Parents and teachers will appreciate theWinter Lights Activity Guide
available online from HarperCollins. It includes both group and individual activities that are designed to further an appreciation of the poems and accompanying artwork.
Winter Lights My Recommendation
I think Winter Lights
is a book the whole family will enjoy. It would make an excellent holiday gift for families with children five and older. It would also make an excellent gift for adults who enjoy quilts and quilting.
(Greenwillow Books, An Imprint of HarperCollins, 2005. ISBN: 9780060008178)