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Robin’s Winter Song by Suzanne Barton

Robin’s Winter Song is a beautifully illustrated picture book that is the perfect read for this time of year. Autumn is almost over and winter is coming. But what exactly is winter?

The Story: Robin notices something is different when trees start losing their leaves, finches fly south and Squirrel is busy burying nuts. He learns that winter is coming but is frightened as he doesn’t know what winter is. He snuggles up to sleep with Bear and when he wakes up there is snow everywhere. Robin discovers that winter is fun and when the snow starts to melt he’s determined that spring, whatever it is, won’t frighten him.

Robin meets different woodland animals and birds who are preparing for winter. Owl advises him to stay warm and snug and we love the way that an uncertain Robin cuddles up with Bear. We share Robin’s amazement when he sees the wintery landscape and love the double spread which shows animals playing in the snow and discovering the wonders of a snowy forest, their excitement mirrors that of a child who sees and experiences snow for the first time.

Suzanne Barton’s illustrations are beautiful and she uses earthy, natural colours on predominantly creamy backgrounds. The vibrant reds and browns of autumn give way to cold, crisp wintry scenes with the animals and the tree trunks providing splashes of colour in the snow. Our favourite illustration is the final spread which shows a happy Robin singing to his friend Bear as the spring flowers peep through the snow and Squirrel discovers another of his buried nuts.

Robin’s Winter Song would be a wonderful book to use in the classroom as part of a topic on seasons. As well as portraying the different characteristics of autumn and winter it shows how animals and birds behave during the seasons and also includes the concept of hibernation – we love the way that Bear tells Robin that there’s just one sleep until winter goes away! It’s also a great story to stimulate a discussion about change and the uncertainty that children may feel when they don’t fully understand a new situation or experience.

So many themes that are familiar to children are included in Robin’s Winter Song – friendship, uncertainty, the changing of the seasons, dealing with new experiences. It would make a fabulous addition to a home or school library.

Age Range: 4 +

Author / Illustrator: Suzanne Barton


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18 responses to “Robin’s Winter Song by Suzanne Barton”


  1. Colette B avatar

    What a lovely seasonal tale x
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely story to read from now until the end of winter 🙂


  2. Sian - The Mama Story avatar

    Sound like a lovely book – I will add this to my list as I’ve been collected seasonal books but haven’t got many winter ones!
    #TriedTested


    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      This definitely fits winter and it’s so lovely that the story includes the preparations that different animals make for winter 🙂


  3. tracey bowden avatar

    It sounds like a lovely book especially the illustrations #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are exquisite 🙂


  4. Kate avatar

    This sounds like a lovely book, and I love the tie in to the seasons. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely way to explain the changes in the seasons to children.


  5. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    It sounds like a really lovely book 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s beautiful, the illustrations are gorgeous 🙂


  6. Kim Carberry avatar

    What a lovely sounding book!


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s gorgeous and we also like Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton 🙂


  7. Rebecca U avatar

    This looks great and really cute. Perfect for this time of year #triedtested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It really is a wonderful book for this time of year 🙂


  8. chantelle hazelden avatar

    I love the sound of this, a beautiful story whilst being able to learn at the same time 🙂 thanks for sharing with #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s lovely when interesting facts form part of a story and this is a great story for showing the animals’ preparations for winter 🙂


  9. BookBairn avatar

    This sounds great! I love robins – they are so cute and seeing them begins the winter pre-Christmas excitement! #readwithme We are running a competition on our blog this week so would be lovely if you link up with us too and enter!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Robins are a beautiful symbol of Christmas for me 🙂 Your competition looks great – I’ve shared it on Twitter.