Minnesota Historical Society

Where Are All the Minnesotans?

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Author Karlyn Coleman, Illustrations Carrie Hartman

Minnesota Historical Society Press (October 15, 2017)

Minnesotans are a hardy lot, undaunted by snow and cold. Armed with wool and fleece, they embrace the winter season and all the opportunities for adventure, activity, and celebration it brings.


In the Midwest, winter means freezing temperatures, shorter days, and piles of snow. For some, the logical response is to curl up under the blankets and hibernate until spring.

But wait: where are all the Minnesotans? Outside, of course! First, bundle up: a warm coat and a hat and gloves, and you’re all set. Now, squeeze into an ice-fishing shack to try your luck, or skate on a lake and swipe at a puck. Grab a sled and all your friends and tackle a snow-covered hill. Or how about a candlelit ski, with the moon shining brightly overhead?

Think parades are only for summer? Not so: a winter carnival brings folks to watch cheerful floats and marching bands. And kites are not only for spring: their bright shapes and flowing tails dance above a frozen lake, waving and dipping in the brisk breeze. With these activities and many more, Minnesotans make the most of the wintry months.

But what if the temperature drops and the wind starts to blow? Safety comes first: now everyone’s home. It’s time to hunker down by the fire, bake cookies, read stories, and dream of spring. And where do you suppose all the Minnesotans will be then?

Author information

Karlyn Coleman loves snowy hills, frozen lakes, and Minneapolis skating rinks. She received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to complete the novel Air. Her story “Ice Roads” won first place in fiction at Crab Orchard Review and her story “Orange Crush” appeared in Water~Stone Review. She has published five young adult novels as K. R. Coleman.

Carrie Hartman has been drawing forever. She has illustrated many picture books and is now writing her own stories. Her work has received accolades from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), and the Educational Press Association. Carrie lives and works in Woodbury, Minnesota.

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  • 32 pages
  • Fully illustrated in color
  • 10x10 inches
  • ISBN: 9781681340401

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