At Home with Martin & Sylvia: Winter Season

At Home with Martin & Sylvia: Winter Season

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The playhouse is a spaceship. The garden is a jungle. And the brook is a home to fairies and other magical creatures. Join Martin and Sylvia two delightful and all-too-familiar children — as they explore the infinite possibilities of their sweet home in the woods.These stories follow the rhythms of family life through the four seasons, delighting in the creative endeavors and sweet adventures of the much-loved brother and sister.

Age 3+

ABOUT THE STORIES


This is a collection of 13 winter stories, for the 13 weeks of winter.

A Wintry Walk

Sylvia discovers some tracks in the snow, and Martin pulls out his animal books to figure out what kind of animal it is. Is it a goat? A deer? A buffalo? A camel? The books only show so much, so they decide to go on a wintry walk. If they follow the tracks, maybe they can find the creature at the other end!

Ice Everywhere

Sledding plans are dashed when brother and sister hear the rat-a-tat-tat of rain on their roof one evening. Rain means no snow, and no snow means no sledding! But when they wake, they find their backyard has become a magical ice village, where everything from tree branches to porch railings is glistening with a layer of ice. And what fun is to be found there!

A Wintry Walk

Sylvia discovers some tracks in the snow, and Martin pulls out his animal books to figure out what kind of animal it is. Is it a goat? A deer? A buffalo? A camel? The books only show so much, so they decide to go on a wintry walk. If they follow the tracks, maybe they can find the creature at the other end!

Round the World

On Martin and Sylvia’s weekly trip to the library, they find a book about an explorer named Magellan. The stories in the book inspire them to want their own adventure when they get back home. But it is too cold and snowy outside to use their playhouse. In fact, it is too cold to be outside for long at all. So they transform the living room into a mighty sailing vessel — and oh, what surprises are found by these two daring explorers!

The Laundry

Martin and Sylvia help around the house in many ways. They put their dishes in the sink, they dust windowsills, and they help with the vacuuming. Their least favorite task is the laundry — that is, until the dryer breaks and suddenly they need to hang laundry around the house. White sheets become ice cliffs, and dark blue towels become trees. And who is that sleeping under a sunset of red tablecloths and yellow pants?

Visiting the New Baby

Momma’s assistant Amy has just had a baby, and Martin and Sylvia can’t wait to see her. They do all sorts of things to get ready to meet her: they make cards and little fuzzy gifts, and plan out a nutritious meal. But nothing prepares them for the magical moment of seeing a new baby for the first time.

Carrying Your Home

When Momma gets a chance to study a special kind of goose that winters near the cold northern cities, the whole family decides to join her and spend the week staying in a hotel and exploring the city. Daddy encourages them to only bring what they need, “Like a turtle who carries his home on his back”. This gets brother and sister excited about finding other ways to bring their beloved home with them.

Tree Keeper

First thing in the morning, when brother and sister go outside to enjoy the winter weather, Martin heads straight to the old oak tree to “check on it.” And Sylvia is curious. What is Martin doing? Martin explains that he learned what it is to be a ‘tree keeper’ at his wilderness school. And he has chosen the oak tree to be his tree to watch over. Sylvia begins the search for her own tree, and she finds that the perfect tree to “keep” is not at all what she expected.

Martin’s Gold

Martin discovers a new word from the library: alchemy. When Momma and Daddy explain alchemy, it sets brother and sister into a dynamic day of creative chemistry. Will they find a way to make gold?

Maple Perfect

Three warm days in a row! Martin and Sylvia see only dirty, melting snow — but Daddy has ideas. He suggests they try tapping one of the maple trees to see if the sap is running. When they hear the steady drip-drip-drip of maple sap, they know “sugaring” season has begun! It’s time to make maple syrup!

The Sudden Storm

Winter is ending, and Sylvia is delighted to find the first tiny crocuses poking through the wet soil of their thawing garden. Later that day, when Mr. Brown mentions the possibility of a snow storm, she is astonished — “How can snow come so late?” The storm does come — and Sylvia must discover for herself the treasures of late winter snow.

Family Portrait

Every year, Momma and Daddy send out a letter to friends and family telling them about their year all the achievements and big events. This year, Daddy wants to include a photograph of the family. They decide where to take the picture, choose fancy clothing and all get ready when Daddy breaks the bad news the photographer will not be able to come. But this does not deter the enterprising brother and sister.

Winter Dreams

In Martin and Sylvia’s house, winter is a time rich in magic and wonder. When Momma suggests that they compare their dreams one morning, brother and sister marvel at how their dreams actually come true in strange and unexpected ways.