Just So Willow

Sara Shacter (Author) Stephanie Laberis (Illustrator)
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Product Details

Sterling Children's Books
Publish Date
October 01, 2019
11.1 X 0.5 X 8.7 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Sara F. Shacter's work has appeared in publications such as Highlights for Children and World Book's Childcraft Annuals. A former teacher and active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Sara lives in Chicago with her family. Visit her online at sarafshacter.com.

Stephanie Laberis is the illustrator of the Grumpy Cat series of Golden Books, Prudence, the Part-Time Cow (Holt), and more. She lives with her family in San Francisco.


"A youngster's passionate efforts to keep things pristine prove challenging. Willow, a white bear cub, prefers things prim and tidy, even going to lengths to unscramble her spaghetti. When a fresh snowfall makes her backyard into 'a crisp, white sheet, ' she thinks it's 'perfect.' But then an errant snowball from some kids playing nearby (other arctic animals, including a seal, puffin, and hare) threatens to turn the snow into 'a lumpy, bumpy mess.' She tries yelling remonstrations to them, but they're too loud and she's too far away. She tries to get closer, jumping from her back porch to her swingset, fully aware of the consequences to her precious snow if she falls. Eventually, she jury-rigs a zip line to the fence, but the force takes out some boards, on which she toboggans wildly, making 'a crisp, white ribbon' in the snow that is, in her eyes, 'perfect.' Everyone happily joins in for some winter fun. . . . the lesson to accept changes and messiness is a valuable one for similarly minded readers. The illustrations are animated, especially in Willow's expressions . . . Pleasing highlights include many piles of soft, convex snow and coloring that's just outside the lines." --Kirkus