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The Biggest Snowman Ever Paperback – October 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439627680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439666398
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven Kroll was the author of over fifty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling The Biggest Pumpkin Ever.

Jeni Bassett has illustrated more than thirty children's books, including The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, The Squirrel's Thanksgiving, and It's Groundhog Day. She lives in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

More About the Author

Steven grew up in New York City, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Steven's parents were very stylish. His father had a mustache and wore suits with a vest and a watch chain. His mother wore fashionable dresses and big hats. She was a great storyteller, which is probably where his love of telling stories began.

But he also had his Upper West Side neighborhood, a wonderful ethnic stew of Jewish, Latino, Chinese, and Viennese. Wandering those streets, experiencing the restaurants and the pastry shops, the delicatessens and the movie theater, the corner drug store and the corner book shop, Steven began to recognize a wider world, a world outside his own that would make him want to tell stories, travel, and be a writer.

Many of his books have come out of that neighborhood. The kids in his building all played downstairs together, under the watchful eye of Gordon, the doorman. The sharing they did can be found in THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN EVER and its sequels. The bullying, followed by sharing, can be found in JUNGLE BULLIES. The spark for his two novels of Italian immigrants in 1890's New York, SWEET AMERICA and WHEN I DREAM OF HEAVEN, came from hours listening to his night watchman, Tony, tell stories in the lobby after my Saturday night dates.

And there was Riverside Park, just a block away, where he played stickball near the railroad yards and cowboys and Indians on the green lawns, and where he watched an endless parade of dogs that morphed into an endless parade of dog stories, from IS MILTON MISSING?, his very first book, to A TALE OF TWO DOGS and POOCH ON THE LOOSE, his ode to New York at Christmastime.

Steven attended Hunter College Elementary School and McBurney. From there, he went to Harvard, graduating with a degree in American History and Literature. He decided to become an editor instead of a writer, improving other people's books instead of writing his own. But finally, he had to get out of publishing and write. He moved to Maine and struggled, writing now for both children and adults. Four years later, back in New York, Steven met a children's book editor named Margery Cuyler, who was the first to publish his work. He wrote 100 books for children, everything from picture books to American history to novels for young adults.

Steven married a journalist, Kathleen Beckett, and lived in NYC and an old carriage house in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He spoke at schools and conferences all over the world.

Steven Kroll passed away on March 8, 2011 following complications from surgery. He was the beloved author of the New York Times Bestseller's list "Biggest Ever" series from Scholastic. Two writing awards have been established in Steven's name: the Steven Kroll/PEN American Center Award for the best text of an illustrated children's book, and the Steven Kroll Writing Award, given to a deserving student at St. Joseph's School in the Bronx.

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He liked the story of "The Biggest Snowman Ever".
Junebug
I purchased several copies of this book to give to 1st grade students, and they loved it.
aklytta
My daughter loves to read and this is a great book ( i liked it too..)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wendi on February 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
This was an awesome story to engage my first graders in a writing project. We read this adorable book, then compared it to a giant snowman that was built in Maine (google "Olympia Snow Woman"). We talked about fact and fiction, compared the two snowmen, and did a great writing project on how to build a snowman. This book is adorable. The children loved it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Henle on January 27, 2008
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This is a fun book! I use it in my Kindergarten classroom during winter. My students absolutely love it. They love to read it over and over. Plus it is an excellent book to have in your listening center or to do writing activities with. Since my Kindergartners loved this book so much I bought a copy for my nieces at Christmas and their mother said she had to read it over and over after they opened it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N.M.Hahn on February 19, 2009
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I bought this little booklet for my six year old daughter to learn English,
as we are in Germany! It is nicely drawn and the story's tells us to do things together so all
can win 'the big prize'! As we are having a strong winter, the story suits even longer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet E Grote on November 13, 2013
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I love snow and winter. This is a super children's book that I look forward to sharing with my grandchildren.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MAHIGRL on March 7, 2013
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It was a gift, and was admired right away. I'd recommend to anyone with small children. It's as described and priced nicely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toni on February 20, 2013
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Another book for Christmas. We loved it. We made an advent calendar with books. This was affordable and easy to read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aklytta on February 3, 2013
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I purchased several copies of this book to give to 1st grade students, and they loved it. The price was great, since it was a soft cover book.
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My kids love this book! Very cute storyline and sweet illustrations. Great theme about working together to accomplish a common goal. It had my kids trying to figure out if Clayton and Desmond were cousins, since the dad and the uncle go out and give the same advice to each mouse back to back, lol...
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