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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Lexile Measure: 300L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; Library Binding edition (September 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399235795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399235795
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 10.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

It's almost Christmas and it hasn't snowed yet. As the farmer naps on his small farm, he dreams of being covered in a gentle blanket of new snow. Then, one by one, he dreams of each of his five animals (aptly named One, Two, Three, Four, and Five) being covered as well. When he awakens, he discovers that real snow--not dream snow--has fallen. And "Oh my! Oh my! I almost forgot," the farmer shouts, and, bundling up, hurries out to his tree (named Tree) with a box and a sack, looking remarkably familiar in his white beard and red suit. After decorating Tree, the farmer shouts "Merry Christmas to all!" and pushes a button for a surprise Yuletide jingle.

Young fans of Eric Carle's The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, and other multisensory books, will delight in pushing the same microchip button the farmer pushes to hear the tinkling, oddly eerie holiday tune. In an even more unusual departure from standard picture books, Carle inserts a clear plastic sheet, covered with snowflakes and a white blanket, before each illustration of the dreaming farmer and his animals. Turn the plastic page to discover what kind of critter lies beneath the snow. Carle's magnificent collages, as always, are the heart and soul of his books. (Ages 3 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Ages 2-6. Visual and musical gimmicks enhance Carle's signature bright, textured collages in this holiday-cum-counting story. A white-bearded farmer lives the simple life with a few animals that he names One through Five. Children don't find out which number matches which animal, though, until they follow the farmer through a visually clever dream. "It's almost Christmas, and it hasn't snowed yet," says the farmer. But as he sleeps, he envisions snow falling, covering each of his animals, while the text counts along--"The snowflakes gently covered One with a blanket"---a plastic sheet printed with snow overlays each page, concealing the collage images until readers lift the page and discover that One is a horse, Two is a cow, etc. Dream becomes reality when the farmer awakes to a white world and hurries outside (dressed in Santa coat and boots) with presents for the animals and ornaments for a tree that, thanks to a changeable battery pack, plays a chiming tune at the press of a button. Although this is more an exercise than a story, Carle fans and toddlers learning the basics will still enjoy the gentle text and creative design features. Gillian Engberg
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Customer Reviews

My 3 year old and 5 year old love this book.
K. WRIGHT
What makes this simple little book so special, is Mr Carle's wonderfully inventive illustrations.
Roz Levine
She was so happy to open it and enjoys it every time she reads it!
Janice Backman

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Eric Carle's new picture book Dream Snow introduces the farmer, who lives with his five farm animals, named One, Two, Three, Four, Five and his tree, simply named The Tree. It's almost Christmas and it hasn't snowed yet. So one evening, the farmer sits in his favorite chair, has a cup of peppermint tea and some bread with honey, dozes off and begins to dream of snow. When he awakens, he finds that it actually has snowed. So, he bundles up in hat, boots and gloves, grabs a big box, throws a sack over his shoulder and, looking very familiar, heads out to the barn. There he decorates The Tree and along with his farm animals, poised to push a button, wishes "Merry Christmas to All". What makes this simple little book so special, is Mr Carle's wonderfully inventive illustrations. He has painted his snow flakes and drifts on clear plastic, inserted before each page, which when lifted reveals the farmer or one of his animals on the page below. And as the farmer is wishing all a Merry Christmas, your youngsters can help by him by pushing the button, to hear a holiday song. This is a charming, gentle story the entire family will love and a sure classic in years to come.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the best Eric Carle ever - at least I think so as does my favorite 6-year old! Mr. Carle's pictures are as bright and shiny as the sparkliest ornaments on a Christmas tree, and the book is full of surprises (none of which will be revealed so as not to spoil the fun). Let's just say they're to be found in the book's ingenious construction.
This unique construction even includes music at the end - a perfect, happy, holiday conclusion. Also, the batteries are replaceable so the book can be enjoyed for many seasons to come as young and old return again and again to the farmer who had a dream.
Thank you, Eric Carle!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By p dizzle on September 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
mr. carle has created a wonderful series of children's books, first catching our children's attention with "the hungry catepillar." his medium is collage with which he creates beautifully colored pictures bringing to life his simple stories. this is a wonderful addition. we meet a farmer who could pass for santa claus. it's near christmas and there's no snow, an impending disaster. luckily he has a magical dream in which first he then his animals are covered one by one by snow. as we lift the acetate sheet, uncovering the animals on each page and we meet one through five. then the farmer awakes to find his dream come true and at last he can decorate for christmas. he finishes with a flourish giving us all a song to play. a great read for parents and children alike (a good book to read together)with lively art.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By student SJSU on October 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Toy book--joy book, Carle hits a home-run again. Follow the farmer and his animals--named after numbers because he can count them on one hand, through a dream of snow falling on the barnyard. The reality of a snowfall intrudes on their lives and a hustle begins over something he has forgotten. Overlays complete the illusion of snow covering all it comes in contact with and our young audience uncovers each animal to ensure its well-being. A musical sound effect ending the story celebrates Christmas. Bright poster paint montage cut-outs fill the pages to create a warm and inviting texture to the story as it unfolds. The folk art is child-like yet filled with wonderful touches of details that overall create a satisfying balance. Children will come back to it again and again.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By csm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm quite surprised after just receiving this book to find that the reviews of it are so great. I'm not sure why either. I'm guessing that it is because of the author's previously successful books. However, I found nothing interesting about Dream Snow, no imagination stirring events, nothing original, just sorta hum-drum. When he gets to the part about the snow covering the animals, there's five pages, count them, 5 that have one sentence which is as follows, numbered accordingly: "The snowflakes gently covered one with a white blanket, the snowflakes gently covered two with a white blanket," and on, and on it goes until it mentions all five animals. And the story proceeds from there and doesn't really go anywhere. The animals wake up to find the farmer running to decorate a tree. There's no imagination with this story at all. It doesn't even mention that the farmer is Santa, so you're left with this vague feeling of obscurity "what was that?" It just didn't make much sense to me, a writer, nor did it to my little one.

In addition, the song is really strange and quite frankly, my little one really didn't like the illustrations. I have the "Book Child" in my house - he has a zillion of them and loves books very much. He took one look at this and didn't even want me to read it. I'd go after another story to be quite honest. Something that stirs the excitement, joy and wonder of Christmas because this one certainly does none of that. It just doesn't go anywhere with the imagination, nor does it stir any excitement. If you are thinking about it, check it out of the library first and see if your little one enjoys it. There's just more to the Christmas season than obscurity.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cathy J. Schoon on December 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just read this book to both of my preschool classes and it was a hit! They were so quiet when I read it to them. The beautiful song that ends the book was a delight to them. I originally bought this book for my niece for a Christmas present but I am going to keep it for the class!
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