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Book: Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Author: Robert Frost
Illustrator: Susan Jeffers
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; reprinted in 2001
ISBN-13: 978-0525467342 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0525467343 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0590098458 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0590098454 (Paperback)
Related website: http://www.susanjeffers-art.com/snowypg1.html (illustrator)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Frost, Robert, and Jeffers, Susan. Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening (published in 1978 by Scholastic). When I was in ninth grade (1968-1969), one of the poems that we had to memorize for English class was “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” written in June, 1922, by Robert Frost (1874-1963) at his house in Shaftsbury, VA, and published in 1923 in his volume New Hampshire. I have never been a big fan of poetry, but I do like good poems, and this one has always been among my favorites. In 1978 a picture-book presentation of Frost’s poem was made by artist Susan Jeffers with sweeping backgrounds of frosty New England scenes, animals to find among the trees, and the kindly figure with his “promises to keep” and warmth as he stops to appreciate the quiet delights of winter.
This is an exquisitely illustrated book which can be enjoyed by parents as children sit snugly on their lap while introducing beautiful “adult” poetry to the young. The vellum jacket evokes a frost-covered windowpane. Susan Jeffers’s illustrations capture the quiet beauty of the woods on a snowy evening. There is much to be observed by both child and parent while reading the book. Some have complained about the changes to the illustrations in the reprint edition, saying that in the original version of the book (8.5 x 11), the drawings are finer and more delicate, whereas in the new, smaller format (7 x 8.5), the lines are cruder and fuzzier. Susan Jeffers is the illustrator of such distinguished picture books as Three Jovial Huntsmen, a Caldecott Honor Book, and Rachel Field’s Hitty.