In for Winter, Out for Spring

In for Winter, Out for Spring is a 1991 picture book by Arnold Adoff and illustrator Jerry Pinkney. It is a collection of 28 poems about a girl, Rebecca, and her experiences with her family over a year.

In for Winter, Out for Spring
AuthorArnold Adoff
IllustratorJerry Pinkney
GenreChildren's literature, picture book, Poetry
Published1991 (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
Publication placeUSA
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages48 (unpaginated)



Booklist, in a review of In for Winter, Out for Spring, wrote "Adoff has worked with many fine illustrators, but never has his poetry been more radiantly expressed than in Pinkney's watercolor and colored-pencil art. ... The poetry is formatted in eye-catching designs that encourage effective reading, whether by adults or by middle-graders who will be able to handle this themselves."[1]

School Library Journal wrote "While the meanings are readily accessible, it will take sophisticated readers to read these poems alone. ... These poems would be best read aloud and discussed."[1]

In for Winter, Out for Spring has also been reviewed by Kirkus Reviews, [2] Publishers Weekly,[3] and Texas Child Care Quarterly.[4]


  1. ^ a b "In for winter, out for spring". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "In for Winter, Out for Spring". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved February 13, 2017. The Capitals' Emphasis On Every Word Grows Monotonous. Still, a notably joyous celebration of family and season.
  3. ^ "In for Winter, Out for Spring". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz LLC. March 4, 1991. Retrieved February 13, 2017. Odd spacing between words, text set in vertical columns (composed frequently of single words), and all words capitalized--these seem to be somewhat pretentious devices, almost certain to confuse readers. Pinkney's .. exceptional watercolors--from a plate of cookies to a spider's dewy web--are characteristically vibrant and appealing.
  4. ^ "Index: Reviews". Texas Workforce Commission. Retrieved February 13, 2017.