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FC: BLUE BEAR & SNOW TOAD | BLUE BEAR & SNOW TOAD | Chanté McCoy Illustrations by Judith Laning


3: A bear and a toad huddled deep in the snow When they should have been sleeping down below. Above the ground, they shook and they shivered, Their exposed toes and noses even quivered. | 1

4: "Silly animals," said a snowshoe hare. "Why are you here instead of down there? You could be so warm and ready to doze, Without any icicles stuck to your nose." | 2

5: "Warm does indeed sound very, very nice," Said the ice cold bear, and he sneezed--ACHOO!--twice. "But then Toad and I would miss the sight Of wintertime when the world is so white. A world with snow like icing on a cake And a frosted mirror on a frozen lake. All this and more we really should see Before we go slumber below cozily." | 3

6: "Yes," said snow-coated Toad. "We've missed a lot. We've only seen the world when it is hot. In spring and summer, green covers the trees. We've never seen branches without their leaves." | 4

7: "Nor have we seen crystal snowflakes drifting Like diamonds from the sky, brightly sifting, That my long tongue catches like silver flies, Their shimmer melting before my eyes. Or arctic snowmen with coal black eyes And white tundra swans high in the skies. Or horses pulling a bell-jingling sleigh (Which you never see in the month of May)." | 5

8: Bear nodded and added to the list Of winter sights they would have missed: Bundled-up children sliding down a hill, Squealing with delight at the chilling thrill. | 6

9: Children skating circles in an ice dance, Whirls of colored scarves and warm woolen pants. Children throwing snowballs from ice-packed forts, Laughing happily, enjoying the cold winter sports. | 7

10: "Yes, oh, yes," Toad excitedly croaked, And, when she exhaled, her breath looked like smoke. She pointed to green pines all snow bent, Sniffing their boughs filled with evergreen scent. | 8

11: "Winter is beautiful,” the white hare sighed. “And you have reason to linger outside, Enjoying the wonderful wintry white, But you are turning blue and that's not right! Bears and toads should hibernate. The leaves have fallen, so you two are late. Save your energy, conserve your heat Before your frozen toes fall off your feet." | 9

12: But Bear and Toad just sat and sat, Staring at this, staring at that. The winter world was wonderful and new. So much to see, so much to do. | 10

13: Bear begged, "Just a minute or an hour more. I'm not even tired," he said with a roar. So hare nuzzled in snow to find some old grass, His last tasty salad until winter was passed. | 11

14: Time flew by, and the sun went west. Yes, even the sun was ready to rest. And the rolling hills and meadows of white Turned pearly pink in the dimming twilight. Then the shining bright moon rose in the night. A ceiling of stars blinked twinkling light. The winter white blended into the black. Nothing more to see, not one snow track. | 12

15: Finally yawning and nodding their heads, Bear and Toad ambled slowly to their beds. Blue Bear snuggled in his den to sleep; Toad in her mud hole to count snow-white sheep. “ | 13

16: "Good-bye," said Hare. "I'll see you in spring, When the green grass sprouts and little birds sing. Then we'll enjoy that season's scents and sights And play once again in the warm sunlight." | 14

19: Chanté McCoy lives in Salt Lake City, UT with her husband and three dogs. She enjoys hiking the local mountains in all seasons, particularly in winter. She has yet to see a bear or toad in the snow. | Judith Laning enjoys warmer climes, living near Atlanta, GA, where blue jays and red cardinals entertain her and her two cats year round at the backyard feeder. In addition to watercolors, Judith enjoys wood carving. | Drawing by Lisa Pelletier, 2001

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  • Title: Blue Bear and Snow Toad
  • Winter has arrived! Like children balking at bedtime, bear and toad resist burrowing for the season. Turning blue, the two freezing creatures brave the snow to experience a day of wintry white.
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  • Published: almost 6 years ago

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