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The Cover
December 14, 2005

Children at Play in Mantua, Utah

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(22):2814. doi:10.1001/jama.294.22.2814

If happiness is a brand new sled under the tree on Christmas morning, then surely a fresh-fallen snow and a hill to go with it is sheer ecstasy. Utah artist (David) Howell Rosenbaum (1908-1982) captures the blissful moment perfectly in Children at Play in Mantua, Utah (cover ). The leaves have barely left the trees and already the snow is knee-deep. In the tiny mountain town, children's voices ring out clear as bells across an alpine valley, laughter and shouts of “My turn! My turn!” penetrate the transparent air, the shadowed hill glows pink in the afternoon sun. From its privileged position at the center of the painting, the rotund sculpture of a snowman watches impassively over all, a votary in this temple of winter. Certainly, chores and schoolwork can wait. A day and a dream as rare as this comes only once.

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