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Cold Snap Library Binding – October 9, 2012

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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2012:
“A community caught under the pall of a weeklong cold snap comes together in this cozy, old-fashioned story that is high on both charm and appeal.”

Starred Review, Booklist, September 1, 2012:
“A delight for sharing, especially one-on-one.”

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About the Author

Eileen Spinelli is the author of almost 50 books for young readers, including the middle-grade novels Another Day as Emily, Summerhouse Time, and The Dancing Pancake for Knopf, as well as picture books like Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green, The Perfect Thanksgiving, Hero Cat, and The Best Story. Eileen lives with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, in eastern Pennsylvania.
Marjorie Priceman is the author-illustrator of How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A., as well as How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. She has received two Caldecott Honors, for Hot Air! The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride and Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375957006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375957000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,824,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Eileen Spinelli is no stranger to the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers list. Since her debut in 1991 with Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, an IRA/CBC Children's Choice book and Christopher Award winner, she has gone on to author numerous picture books, poetry collections, and chapter books, including the best-selling When Mama Comes Home Tonight, and the critically acclaimed Sophie's Masterpiece. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John P. Rooney on August 28, 2013
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"Cold Snap" by Eileen Spinelli. Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2012
Spoiler! SPOILER!

In the town of Toby Mills there is a memorial statue to the town's founder, General Toby. One February, there was a "cold snap", and everything was snowy cold. Ice and snow were everywhere. An icicle formed on the tip of General Toby's nose and that icicle forms the main theme of this cute story. The icicle was formed on the first day of the cold snap. Then my granddaughter turned the pages, and, on Saturday, General Toby's icicle had grown just down to the "dimple on his chin".

More pages were turned, Sunday, and my granddaughter giggled as the icicle now hung past his chin. In the church, the pastor preached in earmuffs and overcoat. Monday, and the general's icicle was growing even longer and the town was really cold...cold snap. Street workers made fires in metal drums. The train's doors could not be opened, as they had frozen shut! Tuesday! And the icicle touched the medal on General Toby's chest, and my granddaughter laughed. She read the days of the week, and was impressed as the icicle grew and grew. On Wednesday, bitter wind made the cold snap even colder, and General toby's icicle grew some more.

Thursday! And the icicle had reached the general's belly button, which made my granddaughter laugh out loud. The pastor taped hot water bottles to his feet so he could take a nap. By Friday, the out-of-towners were calling Toby Mills, "the new North Pole", and ... you guessed it: General Toby's "...fat icicle kissed the ground". Something had to be done and the people built a great bonfire on the top of T-Bone Hill, and, for once the people of Toby Mills were warm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Lou on March 9, 2013
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My 9-year old daughter was really taken with this story, so much so that she asked for her own copy after checking it out of the library. The illustrations are colorful and somewhat folksy, and loaded with detail that tells more of the story. The story itself is unique and a fresh change from warm fuzzy winter stories .. It tells of the bitterness of cold winter days while finding humor and joy in them at the same time. I found the bright colored illustrations to be a beautiful reflection of how colorful objects are enhanced when placed in the backdrop of cold, dreary, white and gray winter days. Read it and enjoy!
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Toby Mills had come alive when the snow had fallen across its streets. The shovels were out clearing the sidewalks, the scrapers were working hard clearing the windows, and the children smiled as they played. Millie Moffet's braids went side-to-side as she made an angel in the snow while "her little brother, Chip, threw snowballs." One of them hit right upside General Toby's head. "Splat!" Of course he was only a statue, so he really didn't mind. The skaters were skating, the skiers were skiing, and Stix Harman made a great snowman. Well, it was great until Franky Tornetta ran over it.

At the end of the day everyone began to drag themselves home. Past the green house, past the red, and then the yellow they went. The next day everyone saw the news in the "Toby Mills Crier." The was a "COLD SNAP." Well, and there an icicle on General Toby's nose that "reached down to the dimple on his chin." Day after day it grew colder. The knitters began to knit, the Sullivan sisters put on their long underwear, and that icicle began to grow longer and longer by the day. The wind began to blow as the temperature plummeted (and that icicle did too). It was way too cold for everyone in Toby Mills. What on earth were they going to do to get warm?

This is a fun and very, very chilly story about the big cold snap in Toby Mills. Naturally all the children are happy when the snow arrived, but when it got a bit too cold it was no fun at all. The gauge for the temperature, which many children will find hysterical, is the icicle coming out of Toby's nose that grows and grows and grows. The town simply bustles as they try to get warm and even the mayor dons "his toasty pink bunny slippers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha Freeman on January 4, 2013
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Illustrated in bold, brilliant color by Marjorie Priceman, this is the book to turn to when you just can't stand another tasteful, hip picturebook dominated by interior-design colors like winter-white, gray-green and mahogany. (See, for example, "This is Not My Hat" and "Over and Under the Snow.")

Spinelli's story is written in what I call Russian-novel style -- encompassing a whole world, in this case the small town of Toby Mills, where the thermometer plunges, and at first the inhabitants rejoice: Millie Moffatt makes snow angels. Her brother throws snowballs at the statue of General Toby. The Sullivan sisters knit mittens.

After a while, though, the cold gets tiresome. Pastor Pickthorn is even forced to preach wearing earmuffs and an overcoat!

Priceman packs plenty of action into her illustrations, giving you and your listener a lot to look at. In the end, the mayor - who has been besieged with phone calls of complaint - devises a means of reminding his constituents that one way to make peace with cold is to join together.
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