/   /  By Emma Birches
Stone Soup Magazine
January 2018

By Sheila Northrup, Illustrated by Hanna Gustafson
Frozen Beauty

Frozen Beauty

Soft, white, flakes drift down, following the wind.
They bring a sense of happiness to the air.
The golden rays of warmth strike onto the fluffy blanket below.
The harsh cold still manages to crawl inside houses.
Heat vents roar and the windows give out a moan.
Thick clouds soon hide the sun.
Smoke floats out of the chimneys into the bitter air, while leaves and grass are out of sight.
The snow is swallowing up trees.
Hot chocolate is being slurped down at every house.
Now it is official.
Winter is finally here.

Sheila Northrup Winter

Sheila Northrup, 10
Madison, CT

Hanna Gustafson Frozen Beauty

Hanna Gustafson, 12
South Burlington, VT

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