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Great counting book~ sequal to Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom. Also teaches place value-- with a twist of adventure and fun.

Woodfrost is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It spans 23 beautiful acres of lakes, ponds, and streams that have been dammed by beavers. The South Sulphur River cuts a swath to mark the northern border. The day we discovered the land was a blessed one. My family and I were leaving our home in Commerce, Texas in route to New York City to visit our friend Bill Martin Jr. As we were pulling out on our way to DFW International Airport, we stopped and looked at some land a friend had told our son Jonathan about. With great reluctance, I had agreed to stop, but just for a minute.


What we discovered was a piece of land that was untouched by time. Gigantic oak tress grew in the river bottom; squirrels scampered, unafraid of the human intruders. The air smelled fresh and clean, and I was invigorated by nature's touch. I met the owner, a wonderful man named Greg. Greg said "I'm just looking for some fine folk to become our neighbors."


As we flew to New York, my thoughts were on the land, and its possibilities. As soon as we touched down I rushed to a pay phone, called Greg, and said "we'll take the land!" It was one of the best decisions we ever made. When the taxi delivered us to Bill Martin's place at 55th and Broadway, we couldn't wait to share the good news. As I sketched the plot, with its lakes and streams, Bill suddenly pointed to an area by the big lake that would one day be named "Lake of the Blue Huron" and said?"Here's where I want to live!" With that, Bill Martin decided to move to Texas.


Together, we created a quaint woodsy road, brought in power and water, and built our homes. Our good friends Bob & Maribeth Nottingham and David & Carrie Canzoneri built their homes too. And the name of the place?

--Woodfrost--


Bill Martin Jr came up with the name as a reflection of his love for Robert Frost and Frost's poetry about the woods. So for the last 11 years of his life, Bill Martin Jr lived at Woodfrost, a haven from which he escaped the hustle and bustle of the world. From Woodfrost, Bill wrote the last 15 books of his life, collaborating with Michael Sampson to create classics like Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do you See?

Woodfrost was a wonderful place for writing; in effect our own Walden Pond...a wonderful celebration of God's creative genius and rich blessings.

According to his wishes, Bill's ashes were scattered among the pine trees he planted by the little pond at Woodfrost. A commemorative park is planed on the site.

Woodfrost, and the wonderful books Bill wrote there, will always live on.

 

The story behind our classic poetry collection...