Children's Book - "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers

A Wonderful Book for Children or Anyone Who Loves Robert Frost's Poetry

I delighted in my good fortune the other day when I discovered "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers, at my local Barnes & Noble bookstore. [Published by Dutton Children's Books, New York]

I was shopping for a Christmas present for my 4 year old great-niece, Madi (a.k.a. Patches), in the children's section. Although this book wasn't displayed especially well, it's cover caught my eye...a frosty vellum with the title over an incredible illustration of a snow covered tree and a one-horse sleigh in the corner with a driver who just might be Santa. Aha! Santa! Now I get why Robert Frost is in the children's section of Barnes & Noble.

Susan Jeffers is an incomparable artist who also illustrated the ABBY Award-winning "Brother Eagle, Sister Sky", a New York Times best-seller. With "Stopping through the Woods on a Snowy Evening" she brings a fresh eye to an old favorite that will endear it to a new generation...and a much younger generation than has ever before discovered Robert Frost.

I can just see Madi and I, and probably big sister Haley too, (a.k.a. Punky) snuggling up to read it together. Haley, already a strong reader in the first grade, will know most of the words, and we will all delight in the illustrations that bring the poem to life. Each page has only a line or two which makes this book a joy for early readers.

And again, the driver of the sleigh looks like Santa. He has the beard and the little round belly, although he is dressed in clothes Santa might wear on his day off. That gives us something to talk about. Kids will also enjoy finding the animals hidden in the woods. Some are as white as the snow and will challenge them a bit. Others, like the birds in the tree near the end, are brilliantly colored.

The very last page is written by the artist. She shares with us her inspiration for this beautiful book. She writes about record snowstorms she saw the winter she drew the pictures and closes her page with "How fortunate for me."

How fortunate for us, Susan Jeffers. Thank you.

This is a book that will make a wonderful Christmas present for a child or adult. I'm thinking I will pick up more copies to have on hand for hostess gifts, teacher gifts, winter birthdays, and one extra just for me.

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Ohio2NH 6 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion. I will have to go and get several copies for my grandchildren. (As well as read it to my kids at school) We are fortunate to have the Robert Frost Farm close by in NH. This poem is one I memorized in junior high. I always loved how the words went together, painting a beautiful picture. I often would recite it as I explored the woods nearby growing up in the snow softly fell.

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pigfish 6 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

You will love the illustrations, Ohio2NH. They bring to life Frost's words. Merry Christmas!

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

I loved reading Robert Frost's poems and still own a paperback of his poetry. This brought back memories although I have not seen this illustrated children's book. Thanks!

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pigfish 6 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

Thank you for the comment, Peggy W. The illustrations in this book are such a wonderful expression of Frost's words.

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Amanda Severn 6 years ago from UK

This is absolutely my most favourite of Robert Frost's poems, and I agree that Susan Jeffers is a wonderful illustrator. I shall have to look out foe this one. Thanks for posting.

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pigfish 6 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

You won't be disappointed Amanda. Thank you for your comment.

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Dao Hoa 6 years ago

I love Robert Frost poems. I have hubs about some of his poems. I will check out this book the next time I will visit the bookstore.

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pigfish 6 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

I'll check out your Hubs about Robert Frost, Dao Hoa. This particular poem is wonderful for children and the illustrations bring it to life for them. It seems the young-at-heart enjoy it too.

cathy 3 years ago

I bought this for my niece over 30 years ago...the book was destroyed in a house fire when she was 2 ...she is now 34 with a newborn baby...I was thrilled when I found this book on the the the illustrations...hope my grand niece comes to love it.

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pigfish 3 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

Cathy, I bought the book for my grand nieces as well! You are creating new memories...

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