Ten Classic Children's Novels for Winter: Background information when reading The Twistrose Key

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The Twistrose Key

by Tone Almhjell

The Twistrose Key
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    Oct 2013, 336 pages
    Sep 2014, 384 pages

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Ten Classic Children's Novels for Winter

The Twistrose Key is full of frozen landscapes inspired by Norwegian winters – sleighs, ice caves, and sled runs, plus a good place to take the chill off with a mug of hot mulled cider. Here is a list of ten other novels for children that will give readers a good dose of frost and snow, either as inspiration for getting through the long winter, or for filling in what Mother Nature lacks in warmer climes.

  1. Ethel Cook Eliot, The House Above the Trees (1921)
    An orphaned girl finds a world of magic in the woods, including Wind Creatures who can fly and the ultimate nature spirit, Tree Mother. Many satisfying scenes involve sledding and playing in winter woods, where true children of the forest never get cold.

  2. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods (1932)
    Or, for a more grueling read, The Long Winter (1940).
    Nothing is so sensual as the food stored away for winter in Laura and Mary's house in the Wisconsin woods – pumpkins and squash, dried corn, smoked meats....

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