By: Alli Brydon

Illustrated by: Ashling Lindsay

Published: December 1, 2022

Publisher: Two Lions


During one special winter night, the forest friends come together to build something special. All the forest animals, no matter if they are predators or prey, work together on a special project. Something amazing is happening later and if they are going to experience it, they have to work together.

Using a rhyming scheme and hints of blues, pinks, and purples, kids will be put in the mood for a beautiful winter evening of fun with friends. All the animals have a job to do, from the largest animals like the bear and deer to the smallest animals like the wren to the stronger animals like the beaver, everyone pitches in because they know there is something beautiful happening later.

Not everything goes smoothly, but after a few BUMPS, the animals are back on their way to a spectacular show. This story reminds kids that everyone can work together as a team and when you do, something magical can happen. A perfect story for a cold winter storytime and a cup of hot cocoa nearby.

Author Alli Brydon is inspired by natural wonders and what they can teach us, and she strives to bring that magic to the books she writes for children. Recent picture books include Lobstah Gahden, illustrated by EG Keller, and Love Around the World, illustrated by Wazza Pink. She also writes nonfiction about creatures, from insects to lemurs to humans. Alli holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and lives in England with her family. Check out her website, HERE.

Ashling Lindsay is an artist and writer from Belfast, Ireland. Her picture books are published in more than ten languages and have received various awards and accolades, including a nomination for the Kate Greenaway Medal; being shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Klaus Flugge Prize, and the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year; and being longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards. In 2020 she was awarded the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Honour Award for Illustration with her book The Tide, written by Clare Helen Welsh. Check out her website, HERE.

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