Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Hardcover, 1978



Call number




Dutton Juvenile (1978), Edition: 1st, 32 pages


Illustrations of wintry scenes accompany each line of the well-known poem.

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LibraryThing member r13
This beautiful poem is brought to life with captivating illustrations by Susan Jeffers. Great source for teaching children how to write poetry.
LibraryThing member LyndaHuntley
This classic narrative poetry tells of a man stopping by the woods on a cold winter night. The illustrationsshow him making a snow angel. The pictures also reveal that he is planting a seedling. The horse takes on human characteristics as if he thinks it queer for the man to be stopping in the
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woods.The horse shakes harness bells as if to say that there is a mistake. One pictures shows different and large snowflakes. On another page the man is hugging his family and the next picture shows him riding off again as the words say..."And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep." The animals are all together under a tree and the birds are eating seed. Each page the snow is coming down more densely.
This poetry could be read during the winter month. There can be multiple meanings. Such as Santa Clause or just man who does nice things and is going on a journey. As an extention I would let the shildren write down what they thought would happen and make thier own ending in a book. I would also have them make snow flakes to put on thier books.
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LibraryThing member Treeseed
Please read the poem to your children out loud if they're old enough to follow it. Allow them the intense pleasure of visualizing the scene on their own before sharing another person's visualization with them. By all means, share this book, a beautiful, atmospheric slice of winter with them. Susan
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Jeffers has done such a splendid job on the illustrations. They are a hushed, crunchy-cold excursion into the dark solstice night in the deep woods. The only bits of color come from the living beings, the colorful man and his grandchildren and the shy forest animals he comes to feed. The stark, snow covered tree branches are illuminated to perfection and the big feathery snowflakes float down about you as you read. My favorite picture is the second to last one but I won't spoil it by telling you about it, except to say, see if it doesn't perfectly capture the reality you remember.
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LibraryThing member roydknight
A wonderfully illustrated book of one of Robert Frost's most famous poem! "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" was of the first great pieces of poetry I memorized as a child. Finding this edition was a real treasure. Of course, one may feel that the illustrations lead us to a story that is far
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too specific for Frost's work. But at the same time, it is a good example of how poetry lends itself to a variety of interpretations.
This is a good book for family reading.
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LibraryThing member Kathdavis54
This picture book features a familiar poem by Robert Frost. Whether you like the poem or not, the book is an interesting tool to use in a poetry unit for any age. The pictures tell the story and help the reader connect more with the poem.
LibraryThing member theCajunLibrarian
This picture book does justice to the beauty of the words in Robert Frost's famous poem. Readers will enjoy the illustrations and become more familiar with poetic elements.
LibraryThing member michelle.smith
Susan Jeffers does an excellent job portraying a showy evening in the woods, while Frost delivers the words.
LibraryThing member Kcarline143
This is poem of Robert Frost's that is brillant, uplifting and beautiful. This is a great way to start children into the curricula of writing poems.
LibraryThing member melissadorish
This was one of my favorite poems growing up. I know it by heart but never knew it was a picture book, craftily illustrated by Susan Jeffers. It makes it much more exciting and accessible to young kids. The illustrations are great...pencil with a touch of color. I especially love the touch of the
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guy making a snow angel! It appears he is heading back home to his family because he envisions them in the line "But I have promises to keep."

This could be used with a visualizing lesson. Students can envision what their mind's eye sees and then see how closely they match up to Jeffers' illustrations.

This would appeal to students grades K-5.
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LibraryThing member ParadisePorch
I love Robert Frost’s poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, and even if you are in the minority that doesn’t feel the same way, you’re no doubt familiar with some of the lines.

I was very pleased to see this book on a sale table and snapped it up, looking forward to reading the poem
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But the artist Susan Jeffers has used only the first and last stanzas of Frost’s poem, along with a couple of stray phrases from the third verse to accompany her drawings of snowy woods. To me, the original rhythm of the piece was lost and despite the art, I was disappointed.

In addition, the rotund figure with the white beard in the horse-drawn sleigh suspiciously styled after Santa’s disturbed me. I don’t believe this was ever intended to be a Christmas poem and I resent that Jeffers seems to have appropriated it for that purpose.

I might have forgiven that if the poem had been intact. The artwork deserves 3 stars.

Written by: Robert Frost 1923
Illustrated by: Susan Jeffers 1978
Published by: Dutton’s Children’s Books, NY 1978
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LibraryThing member Keller_M
A beautiful poem by Robert Frost depicting the journey of a man, his sleigh, and his reindeer. I feel as though the poem should be read almost with a whisper so not to disturb the subtle beauty of the snow. The illustrations themselves are so very elegant and detailed that the reader can't help but
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tread through the pages lightly. The theme is definitely the snow, and how delicate and beautiful it is. If this book were to be utilized in the classroom, I'd say it would be used to cool the class down, letting them take plenty of time looking at and soaking in the pictures. The illustrations play a major role in the poem and harmonize with the words smoothly and gracefully. I would highly recommend this poem.
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LibraryThing member ckelly16
I liked this book mainly for one reason, and that was the reason it was created. Robert Frost’s poems are timeless classics that every student should be exposed to at some point. Sometimes the wordings of his poems may be confusing or mature for young readers, and I think that the illustrator did
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a beautiful job depicting Frost’s words into artwork. Each line of the poem has its own page with a drawing that helps readers understand what is happening in the story. They can piece together the words such as “But I have promises to keep.” The line may be vague to them without an illustration, but Jeffers shows them that it means the man has a family to go home to. The big idea of this book is to cherish the delights of winter.
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LibraryThing member judydeja
Frost's poem is beautifully illustrated and formatted for the young with many interesting things to observe in the snowy woods.

Ages: 5-8

Pierce College ECE Collection
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Robert Frost's classic winter poem, Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening, which was composed in 1922 and first published in 1923 as part of his New Hampshire volume, provides the text for this beautiful picture-book. His evocative words are paired with Susan Jeffers' beautiful artwork, which
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amplifies the story to be found in the poem, depicting the travelling narrator as a kindly soul who leaves good things for the forest residents as he passes through.

As someone who has loved this poem since the day I first encountered it, as a young girl reading through the collected works of Robert Frost to be found on my father's shelves, I was pretty much guaranteed to enjoy this book, but I found that I was unexpectedly moved by Jeffers' artwork. The illustrations, which capture both the pale beauty of a snow-covered world, as well as the more colorful elements brought into that world by the man in his snow-drawn carriage, have quite a few surprises hidden in them. From the hares hiding in the brush on one page, to the deer watching as the man lays down the food he has brought for the woodland animals, there is plenty going on in the illustrations that add to the 'basic' story-line of the poem. Highly recommended to anyone looking for picture-book presentations of classic poems intended for children, as well as to fans of Ms. Jeffers' artwork.
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LibraryThing member wunderlong88
Fantastic illustrations accompanied by the class poem by Robert Frost.
LibraryThing member jthodesen01
I would use this book/ poem in a second or third grade classroom because there are some higher level vocabulary words, but the poem is easy enough to comprehend that younger children can figure it out pretty easily. I would read this book aloud to my students in as a group text, but then I would
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have the students analyze the poem in pairs. I would have the students label the rhyme scheme, the number of stanzas, and other vocabulary terms in the poem. I would have students practice reading the poem aloud to better understand the pace of the poem and the rhythm. The students would read this poem several times and then do an activity where they write their own poem modeled off of Frost's poem.
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LibraryThing member TimGordon
This book could be used as an interactive read aloud for a first-grade class. They would find the flow of the poem easy to listen too and would be able to understand it but wouldn't find it overwhelmingly simple. As an interactive read aloud, you could make sure the rhythm was where it needed to be
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for the listeners and could discuss the meaning after.
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LibraryThing member uufnn
"Susan Jeffers, [who illustrated this classic poem] says that when she was working on this book, 'around my studio were the woods and animals I love to draw. Many appear in the illustrations--the birds, a deer which often fed outside my window, and a horse named Shanti." Source: The inside page of
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the book's back cover. The black and white drawings with just small areas of color are unusual and engaging.
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LibraryThing member HeidiSki
Beth shared this book in her presentation. Beautiful pictures. Winter focus. She said that she reads once without showing the pictures and then reads again, showing the pictures. A discussion can follow about the different mental pictures that we each have.
LibraryThing member Whisper1
Tonight the snow is falling and softly covering the ground. It is a good night to read this story of Robert Frost's poetry. This remains my favorite of this writings The accompanying illustrations are lush, and make the reader feel as though they are walking through the snow on a crisp wintry
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LibraryThing member nbmars
The beloved American poet Robert Frost was a four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and was nominated thirty-one times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. But it is probably this simple poem about a snowy evening written in 1922 at his home in Shaftsbury, Vermont that is his best
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known work. It has been memorized by countless school children (including me) and recited at countless funerals, such as those of former US President John F. Kennedy and former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

P.J. Lynch has chosen to illustrate the poem with a female rider of the horse that goes into the woods, setting the outing on a night in which the moon’s light is reflected on the snow. This allows readers to visualize her journey in spite of it taking place on the “darkest evening of the year.” The art is cinematic and rich in sensory details; you can sense the utter quiet of the woods in these dramatic pictures, as well as the isolation and the cold.

Most of the double page spreads feature a couplet of the poem, but sometimes just one line is given for dramatic effect. For example, at the end of the poem, when the narrator says, “But I have promises to keep,” it is the only line shown and yet the double-page spread is full of meaning and innuendo.

P.J. Lynch, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature 2017 and winner of multiple awards including two Kate Greenaway Medals and three Christopher Awards, has a distinctive, realistic style. He has reported that he loved the Narnia books by C. S. Lewis, and you can see a reflection of that influence in this book, with the magical and fairy-tale like paintings done in watercolor and gouache.

Evaluation: This gorgeous book adds so much dimension to Frost’s poem, and is bound to enchant readers 5 and over. It would make a perfect gift for the winter season.
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LibraryThing member wvlibrarydude
Wonderful artwork to accompany a great poem.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, illustrated by P.J. Lynch.

The words of the classic poem from Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, written in 1922 and first published in the poet's 1923 New Hampshire collection, are paired in this gorgeous picture book with the watercolor and
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gouache artwork of Irish illustrator P.J. Lynch. Here the narrator of the poem is a young woman, riding her horse through a snowbound world, and briefly stopping to gaze at a beautiful wood...

I have loved this poem since childhood, when I first encountered it in a volume of Frost's poetry taken from my father's shelves, and I have also loved the picture book made of it in 1978 by American artist Susan Jeffers, whose illustrations are a thing of beauty, amplifying the mystery and wonder of these words. That said, I am also a great admirer of P.J. Lynch's work, so when I heard that he had also recently produced a new picture book presentation of this poem, I immediately set out to track it down. I am so glad I did, as I found this new presentation just as (if not slightly more) beautiful than the Jeffers—which is quite an achievement! I think the two artists do something rather different, in their visual interpretations, and I appreciate that difference. Whereas the Jeffers has a rather cheerful "dashing through the snow" feeling, complete with a figure that looks suspiciously like Santa Claus, the Lynch captures an individual who, save for her horse, is truly along in a frozen world. One gets the sense, in some of these illustrations, of the feeling of being frozen, not just in the landscape, but in the young woman, who is momentarily transfixed by the deep and dark beauty of the woods. Recommended to anyone looking for picture book presentations of this poem—I recommend reading both it and the Jeffers—as well as to fellow fans of P.J. Lynch.
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