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The story of young people from the city adjusting to a winter in the Connecticut hills....

Title : Winterbound
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ISBN : 19891327
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Winterbound Reviews

  • Manybooks
    2019-05-12 20:40

    I am more than pleasantly surprised at how much I have absolutely loved (and not simply enjoyed) Margery Williams Bianco's Winterbound (and I have just reread the novel for the fifth time, and once again, pure and utter sweet winter, gloomy and cold February delight).Margery Williams Bianco's characterisation, the cadence, thematics etc. actually tend to remind me rather strongly of L.M. Montgomery and especially Kay and Garry (Margaret) are reminiscent of some of the former's strong female characters (Anne, Emily and Sara Stanley do come to mind); but even supporting characters are nuanced and generally well if not even perfectly well conceptualised. However, I believe that the main reason why I just adore Winterbound so much is precisely because it tells a nicely sweet and warm family story, and one where there does not need to be constant action in order to move along the plot, the narrative, and even in order to show both conflict and resolutions (much of the fiction of Lucy Maud Montgomery is also like this, also shows this very tendency, and that very similarity is what is endearing Winterbound to me so strongly and so lastingly). And for those who know me and who know my reading preferences and habits, if I claim that a children's or young adult book reminds me of L.M. Montgomery, this is probably the absolutely highest praise I can in any way or manner grant.Also and another reason for my intense and sweet enjoyment of Winterbound, while certain perhaps dated ideas do of course and by mere necessity of place and time exist, these are not overt (and never ever nasty or grating). For instance, it might not be all that politically correct for the African American maids who are employed at the local resorts and hotels to be called "coloured" but guess what, that was the way African Americans were generally referred to at that time, and it is rather majorly and appreciatively avant-garde and progressive that Edna gives them free taxi rides to town (although she has to unfortunately keep mum about this in the presence of her "old ladies").I guess I should (my absolute love of Winterbound notwithstanding) warn potential readers that hunting (and rather specifically fox hunting) is repeatedly depicted and presented. However, while hunting is described, and also to a point condoned, Neal (the main "hunter" in Winterbound) actually seems very responsible and Garry herself is quite against hunting altogether (but hunting for foxes, and selling their pelts, while repugnant to many of us perhaps, also makes a world of difference financially-wise to a struggling family like the Rowes). What I do find both heartening and of much social and historic interest is that Margery Williams' Winterbound is one of the earliest children's books I have read to date that presents the difference between responsible and irresponsible hunting behaviour (for example, it is pointed out that is is better to have a black or a yellow cat because a tabby coloured cat can often end up shot due to the fact that many hunters just shoot at anything that moves, something that Neal certainly does NOT do and strongly and very vocally criticises). And finally, while Winterbound is of course a novel written during the Depression era, it fortunately and happily is for all intents and purposes a positive and uplifting story, so very much unlike and different from the doom and gloom historical fiction children's books about the Depression that seem to be all the rage nowadays (I am talking about recent historical children's literature offerings about the Depression era). Maybe we should consider that while the Depression might have been an era of want and poverty, it was perhaps not automatically an era of pain and cynicism (and that poverty was maybe not always abjectly horrible either). My only and very minor (insignificant) personal complaint, is that Winterbound is simply much too short for me, and that there are no sequels. I wanted more, and I still want more. Very very warmly and highly recommended, and not just for children either!

  • Teri-K
    2019-05-11 01:05

    I don't know how I missed this lovely Newbery Honor book by the author of The Velveteen Rabbit, but I'm so glad I finally got to read it. From the description I was expecting a story of winter survival, a man-vs-nature book, but it's not that at all. Instead we have four siblings who, with their mother, rent a house in rural Connecticut. When their mother has to leave suddenly the siblings are left in the old, run down house. But they're not alone. There are some helpful neighbors just across the road and a new family who moves in part way through the book. Without the moralizing or preaching of some older books the reader sees the young people solve problems, try new things, and discover strengths and abilities in that old-fashioned way of books like the All-of-a-Kind Family, Five Little Peppers, the Melendy Family, the Penderwicks and Laura Ingalls Wilder. The descriptions of nature are wonderful and balance the stories perfectly. If Gladys Tabor had written children's fiction, she could have written this book. It's a gem that I wish I'd known about earlier, as I think my children would have enjoyed it. Still, I received a great deal of pleasure from reading it myself. :)

  • Qt
    2019-05-05 16:49

    1930s setting, lovely writing--just the sort of book I like! I really, really liked the author's descriptions and thoroughly enjoyed this story. I loved reading about the Ellis family and everything they did.

  • Heather
    2019-05-09 23:06

    Enjoyable in a nothing-really-happens-in-this-story way. It is just a simple story about a family in the 1930s who has moved to the country and how their winter unfolds while the mom is away helping a niece. Except for the references to amounts of money (ie: a salary of $40 a month being acceptable) this story really isn't all that out of place for modern country life. Still, the word choices and the writing style definitely date the book a bit. Probably not likely to appeal to most kids or teens today unless they want to know what life might have been like in that setting, but not a waste of time, either.

  • Beckyg
    2019-04-20 19:42

    Warm and Cozy. I would really give it 3.5 if I could. Great for a late winter read.

  • Courtney
    2019-04-24 16:50

    It really is just about a family and how they deal without their parents through a Connecticut Winter. It was simply fantastic.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-08 19:50

    This a pleasantly charming young adult novel by the author of the classic children's book "The Velveteen Rabbit". Set mostly during a Connecticut winter in the 1930s it's a tale of the Ellis family, city folk, who have moved to the country to save money while the father is off on an expedition (archaeological it turns out). Before Thanksgiving the mother heads to Arizona to care for a sick relative leaving the children on their own. As others have pointed out there's not much excitement outside of small daily adventures - which are beautifully told: setting up a huge iron stove for winter, exploring a nearby empty house, hiking in the woods, hunting foxes by moonlight, and dealing with cold and flu, as well as the day by day management of the family finances. It's important to note that these events are handled by children, a thing that wouldn't be permitted today. I read this for my 2017 Reading Challenge "a book with a one word title" (Read World 52) and for my Newbery Challenge (Honor Book 1937)

  • Sheila
    2019-05-13 00:46

    3.5 stars

  • Josiah
    2019-04-30 19:39

    I first read this book during one of the most severe cold snaps of the entire winter, when simply setting foot outside made me wonder how the nineteenth-century American pioneers ever survived such harsh weather. For them, just the act of living until spring had to have been a herculean task; they didn't have heated homes to relax inside, yet they still had to eat, which meant they had to do long hours of work outside in the brutal weather. I suppose that their bodies probably never felt completely warm until winter's frosty hold on their area of the country began to fade into the more temperate months, and I doubt that most of us can really even conceive of how happy they must have been to see winter go each year. In Winterbound, the situation faced by three teenage sisters who have taken on the responsibility of weathering a Connecticut winter without their parents isn't as dire as what the pioneers were up against, but it's certainly a lot less pleasant a task than it would be seventy years later. Kay, Garry and Caroline (the three sisters) have no means of predicting what degree of snowfall they're likely to receive on any given day, but chances are that the cumulative effect will be substantial; and, like the pioneers, they have no mechanical way of heating their house, which means that it will often be nearly as cold indoors as it is outside. It could be a very long, hard winter on their own. How did Kay, Garry and Caroline end up being left alone in charge of their house? Their father is away on business for a couple of years, and near the beginning of winter their mother receives a message from an ailing relative, asking if she might be willing to come and take care of her (for pay) in balmy New Mexico during the winter months. After discussing the matter with her daughters, who voice confidence in their ability to keep the household in order until their mother returns, it's off to New Mexico for the one remaining parent, and the three sisters must prepare to face the forbidding Connecticut winter by themselves. The winter described in this book is one of much personal growth and change for Kay, Garry and Caroline, a time when each of the three girls will begin to understand what she wants from life and how best to go about getting it. By the time the worst of the cold and snow has begun to recede into the happy freshness of a new spring, the sisters have come to know each other better than perhaps they ever would have had they not been holed up together for a quarter of a year. And as they learn about themselves, their realizations reflect back on us and teach us something about ourselves, as well.Margery Williams Bianco's literary style is calm, relaxed and simple of plot in a way that is different from most Newbery books. Winterbound is, however, a nice story capable of widening one's horizons regardless of age, and I'd like to see it remain in print. It is, at once, both a nonstandard and completely worthwhile read, and I'm glad to own a copy of it."This growing-up business—perhaps it didn't after all make so much difference as one thought. Or did anyone really grow up at all?"Winterbound, P. 232

  • Monica Fastenau
    2019-04-20 17:02

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  • Becky
    2019-04-23 20:48

    Did I love Winterbound the same way I loved Margery Williams' Velveteen Rabbit. NO! I want to be honest about that from the start. Winterbound is not nearly as charming and lovely and wonderful as The Velveteen Rabbit. But with the right expectations, Winterbound could work for some readers. Winterbound is about four siblings living on their own in a rented house in rural New England with both parents away. The father is an archaeologist, if I'm remembering correctly. He'll be gone for a year or two. The mother's absence is more sudden. She goes to take care of a sick relative in New Mexico. The family--three girls, one boy--were raised in the city. This is their first time 'experiencing' country life. This is also their first time being independent. The two oldest are nearly-grown--upper teens. Kay. Garry (short for Margaret). Caroline. Martin. Is the book about anything? Yes and no. It is a coming-of-age story for both Kay and Garry, in a way. Both are learning who they are as individuals: what they like, love, want, need, etc. Both are thinking ahead, thinking about the future: who they want to be, what they want their lives to look like, how they plan to earn money, etc. I think it's good to approach this one as an "Am I ready to be an adult?" book.It is a book about family and friendship. All of the siblings make friends within the community. And, of course, there's always their relationships with each other. The sections when they're spending time with their best friends are always enjoyable. Plenty of storytelling.It is a book about rural life, seasons, and nature. When you see the title don't think LONG WINTER, that isn't fair to this book at all. This book isn't so much about winter, as it is about all the seasons. Yes, the four face a difficult week or two when they're isolated because of too much snowfall, a blizzard perhaps. But that's just a tiny part of the book as a whole. It's just as much about all four seasons.It is a slower-paced book, I admit. Not every book has to be action-packed and full of adventure and drama. But I wouldn't say that nothing happens. The focus is on the ordinary.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-05-11 21:08

    This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.In this 1937 Newbery Honor novel by Velveteen Rabbit author Margery Williams, teen sisters Kay and Garry have moved from the city into a farmhouse in Connecticut with their mother and younger siblings, while their father goes on an archaeological expedition. When their mother is called away to nurse a sick relative, the two girls are left to care for the household through the brutal New England winter.This novel of the Great Depression is a wonderful family story populated by memorable characters. The artistic Kay and science-minded Garry take turns as the focal point of the book, and their concerns about their personal interests are as compelling as the difficulties they face in keeping warm and surviving the difficult winter conditions. Their personalities are strong and compelling, and especially enjoyable to read are their encounters with "The Cummings," an older woman who is sent to babysit them, and who does not last long in her post, and with a writer to whom they rent a room when they find themselves in need of extra money.Despite its age, this book has a very contemporary flair to it. It is similar in tone to family stories like those in the Bluebell Gadsby and Casson Family series, especially in terms of the very familiar and affectionate way the children relate to their mother. It also has much in common with other stories of teens taking over their households and working to survive on their own, namely Hattie Big Sky and Strong Wings. The writing is excellent, with believable dialogue, several interesting subplots, and prose that is beautiful without being overly purple. Though the intended audience is probably teen girls, the content is appropriate for younger readers as well, as long as they have some context for understanding life during the Depression.(Note: Missing from the edition of this book that I read are Kate Seredy's illustrations. As I have become quite a fan of her work lately, this is something I must soon remedy! I found the endpapers on the late Peter Sieruta's website, but I want more!)

  • Thomas Bell
    2019-05-11 22:45

    Well, it was a book. A hard cover, probably not the original, and about 130 sheets of paper inside, most of which had writing on them. That's about it.The book was interesting to read, but it went nowhere fast and stayed there. It's about a group of girls whose father is away in South America and whose mother goes to New Mexico for the winter. And they move into a home which they treat like it's in the middle of nowhere (About an hour or two from the coast of Connecticut actually - and that's with 1936 cars). It's one of those 'strive to live out in the country' books but without any real issues. They are just fine - they just think that they're living off of nothing when in reality they aren't. Everything works out better for them than it should.Nonetheless, I found myself interested as I read. Oh, well.

  • Joy
    2019-05-18 21:04

    1937 Newbery Honor BookThis book was ok. It was a little confusing in the beginning with how they introduced the characters. I had to look up a plot summary to figure out what was going on. That's never a good sign.The story takes place during the Great Depression. A mother and her children are renting a small country home because it is cheap while their father is away doing archaeology. The mother has to leave to care for a sick relative, leaving the two older girls to care for the two younger children with the help of a "chaperon" who turns out to be more of a hindrance. After the old lady leaves them, the children fend for themselves over the winter.

  • Ami
    2019-05-13 23:02

    The GR's entry for this book didn't have any info or a cover so I had to fix that. Nothing really happened. It was pretty much one boring thing after another. Glad I finished it, though, but, it was nearly destined for the "abandoned" shelf.