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PreS-Gr 2-Berger is captivated by the look of the landscape after it has snowed and the interest that lines, shapes, textures, and light add to the view. Her cut-paper compositions build snow-covered hills with ledger-book paper that has been brushed with paint; the pale blue script and lines show through, adding depth and mystery. The text floats down with the flakes in the opening spread. On the following pages, tall bare trees and, later, glowing lampposts add a vertical dimension to the horizontal world. Children emerge singly and in small groups. First the focus is on footprints and the lines from skis and skates. Then it is on the fun of throwing snowballs, making snowmen and forts, and sledding. The climax is a spread of 18 snow angels, after which the youngsters proceed to their respective homes, which are spread out on the hillsides as in a Currier and Ives scene. Berger's brief narrative describes the children's actions; it is the pictures that convey the wonder. A quiet celebration of a phenomenon that transforms everything it touches.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The perfect day is a snow day, and Berger, with very special art, portrays it as perfect indeed. Using a delicate collage made from old paper ephemera—catalogs, notebooks, letters, and newspaper and book pages—the look is distinctive. As for the story, well, it’s more of a mood. A group of children, almost puppetlike in appearance, run through the snow: Emma is the first to make tracks, Leo skies, Sasha and Max throw snowballs at Oscar. Snowmen are made; snow forts are built. Frozen ice is ready for skating. Then all the children make angels in the snow. Throughout, the focal point is the hilly whiteness. Kids, and even a towering snowman, decorate rather than become the center of attention. Only the double-page spread of 18 diminutive children waving arms and legs into angels is enough to blank out the snow. Readers will love looking at the pictures again and again; there will always be something new to notice—including the faint writing on the snow, courtesy of its former provenance. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006201580X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062015808
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carin Berger is an award-winning designer and illustrator. The Little Yellow Leaf was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. She is the creator of OK Go!, Not So True Stories & Unreasonable Rhymes and All Mixed Up, and the illustrator of Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, by Jack Prelutsky, and Trailblazers, by Bobbi Katz. She won the Society of Illustrators Founder's Award in 2006. Carin Berger lives with her family in New York City.

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We love her illustrations and the simple way she tells her stories.
Brittany Sanchez
With little kids, you have to read and re-read books, so I try to find ones we will all enjoy over and over.
Deeann R. Czajka
On a perfect winter, snowy day, from skiing, to sledding to skating, everyone finds fun in the snow.
Catherine W. Hughes

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maggie_from_Brooklyn on November 23, 2012
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A charming, delicate, happy book. The illustrations are detailed and precious. They are so lovely that I really wish the book was bigger in size. This copy is for me, but I will buy this as a gift for some young families and pair it with some hot cocoa mix.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jewel Sample, award-winning author of Flying Hugs and Kisses on November 19, 2013
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On a snowy day children enjoy a day of sledding, snowball fights, making designs in the snow with their footprints, snow angles, and building snowmen until it was time to go home.

Berger’s craft of words and skill with paper collages opens up the village world right from the very first page and takes the reader on a fun filled childhood day of wintertime fun. It is a quick and easy read with few new words to practice. However the unusual children’s names keep my beginning reader interested and gave a sense of mastery. Each collage has a story within itself and sparked ideas for more stories by the reader. My reader wanted to know why there was cursive writing on the pages. When I told him the artist had used recycled paper to make the beautiful pictures, he was amazed that you could make art out of trash. We discussed different colors and types of paper that one could collect for art projects.

The part of the story my reader like the very best was the children sledding on different types of sleds. Before we could put the book on the shelf we had to match the children’s names to the snow angels. That is when we discovered there were more names than angels. Can you discover how many? It sparked math questions and took us on more reading fun. The part my reader did not like is not having a snow angel for each child’s name. I came up with the idea that the reason was because the child went home early and didn't make an angel. My reader was happy with my answer.

A PERFECT DAY is a great resource for the home or school library of children between the ages of two through eight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mamamoore on December 4, 2012
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I read The Perfect Day to my son and he declared it "The Perfect Book". It's a magical day in a winter wonderland, where we all get to be children playing in a world full of amazing possibilities. Carin Berger has done it again. Brava!
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The pages are difficult to turn because the images are both serene and full of a child's joy of snow. And then you would like to race ahead to see the next page as you are inspired by the visual feast. The quality of the illustrations are stunning. Some of the images have an oriental woodblock feel. One in particular, the snow hill looks as if it is a Tsunami wave. Another illustration, has a child with a beautiful umbrella and snowballs of different proportions that look magical.
The book is illustrated over an old accounting ledger that brings a subtle shadow below the snow. The illustrations seem to be a continuous painting that was then cut down to pages which gives it a cinematic quality of a constant pan shot.
It is a joy to view.
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By sam on December 14, 2012
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This book is simple in the text, drawings and the message. Simplicity at its best. I was immediately taken back to the last good snow we had. I stood outside arms spread welcoming the big fluffy flakes. I ran back inside and called my daughter to come over and play in the snow with me. Even at 50 years of age the perfect day is just that..perfect. What every child should experience many times over in their young lives and what brings youth back to our aging souls. Playing on a snowy day. No other cares in the world.
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Saw how to use this book for an Art and Literature project on Deep Space Sparkle web site. The story is of a perfect day of snowy fun for children. A coordinating art project would be to paint children making snow angels. Can't wait to try it when we get back in school after being out for snow. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by this art teacher.
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I look for books with an interesting story/perspective and pretty/interesting artwork. This book is good. We liked both.
With little kids, you have to read and re-read books, so I try to find ones we will all enjoy over and over.
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By Catherine W. Hughes on December 21, 2012
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On a perfect winter, snowy day, from skiing, to sledding to skating, everyone finds fun in the snow. The beautiful blanket of snow brings joy to young and old. Children, ages 3-6, will want to read about this winter's day.
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