Two Wool Gloves (paperback) Trade Book

Written By Bo Jin
Illustrated by Li Li
Critically Reviewed
It’s a cold winter day, and a snowstorm is coming fast. A family of squirrels needs to find shelter. Where will they stay to keep warm?
  1. Hardcover
    Price $6.95
SKU WW-NL5528
ISBN 9781478868804
Number Level 24
Letter Level L
SKU WW-NL5528
ISBN 9781478868804
Number Level 24
Letter Level L
Series Reycraft Books
Language English
BISAC Subject Headings Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Values & Virtues
Juvenile Fiction / Family / General
Juvenile Fiction / Readers / Beginner
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Values & Virtues
Juvenile Fiction / Family / General
Juvenile Fiction / Readers / Beginner
Price $6.95
Author & Illustrator

Bo Jin 

Bo Jin is a well-known children’s literature writer as well as a professor at Capital Normal University. His work has won many prizes. He was nominated for the International Anderson Award in 1992.

Li Li 

Li Li is both an illustrator and a book designer. Her work has been chosen for national art exhibitions in China numerous times.

Reviews

On a stormy winter day, Father Squirrel has to find a new home for his family, but every tree is occupied. Then, he finds a lost woolen glove: “There was just enough room in the glove for Mother Squirrel and the five babies,” but Father Squirrel has to stay outside, “trying to shield himself from the cold.” When the boy who lost the glove turns up, “Father Squirrel felt terrible for having taken the boy’s glove. But his family had needed a place to keep warm.” The boy sees what’s happening, and leaves his other glove to shelter the papa. In depicting the power of an act of kindness toward those that face dire necessity, the tale’s themes transcend the seasons, if the telling itself never quite soars. Li uses texture—sweeps and dustings of white—to conjure a stylized wintry world populated by wide-eyed squirrels seeking shelter. Ages 3–7 (October 20, 2019)

Similar to Jan Brett’s classic The Mitten, with some noticeable differences, this version of the cumulative tale begins with a father squirrel searching relentlessly for a warm place for his family during a snowstorm. After discovering that a hole in both a tall and short tree are occupied respectively by a black bear and hedgehog, he finds an abandoned wool glove (correctly assumed to be left behind by a child). There is just enough room for his wife and five babies to tuck inside, but the dad is left out to weather the storm. That is, until the young boy returns and relinquishes his second glove so that the entire squirrel family can keep warm. While Jin’s take on this warmhearted story features fewer woodland creatures and exchanges the mitten for two gloves, the most poignant aspect is that the boy is willing to sacrifice for the sake of the needy animals. Li’s illustrations are lush and meticulous. He captures the blustery weather with speckled white brushstrokes, conveying a winter storm that is eye-catching but not overly frightening for young children. The lone orange squirrel trekking through the drifts is a vivid contrast in color and shade, and his effort doesn’t become a hopeless quest. The resonant message is that kind acts are deeply appreciated. VERDICT A marvelous winter-themed picture book that can be used with its predecessor, The Mitten. However, it stands well on its own merits. A welcome addition to a winter picture book collection.

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