Wintercake by Lynne Rae Perkins is a ﬁne choice for the entire family this time of year. Written for 4-8-year-old children this cozy picturebook has everything a good book needs. It is fun, has an exciting story in which something actually happens, and the writing is terriﬁc. A missing basket of dried fruits returned by a stranger leads two friends to make a Wintercake and embark on a journey to ﬁnd the stranger and give him the cake. The vocabulary is sophisticated, always a good sign. How wonderful to expose little kids to such beautiful words such as mysterious, bluster, vile, scrumptious, buoyant, agile, and jubilant. This book has real personality and will be a pleasure to read aloud to young children.
....run, don't walk, to the nearest nonschool library or to the local bookstore and get whatever it was that they banned. Read whatever they're trying to keep out of your eyes and your brain, because that's exactly what you need to know.” ― Stephen King