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Footprints in the Snow Hardcover – October 28, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805087923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805087925
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 5—After finding only "nasty, scary, and greedy" wolves in his entire collection of books about these animals, Wolf sits down to write a story about a "NICE wolf." Mr. Nice Wolf wants nothing more than to be friends with the creature whose footprints in the snow he follows into the forest. However, the bunny, frog, and squirrel he meets along the way flee as quickly as they can. When he meets the animal he's been seeking, the story deepens and author Wolf falls into the ambivalent waters of appetite and intention, vision and artistic creation. Matsuoka's softly colored mixed-media illustrations buoy readers between Wolf and his tale throughout: at the edges of various pages, there are glimpses of Wolf's paws, pencils and pens, writing desk, and research material. Similarly, the arrangement of the text mimics the winding path of footprints Mr. Nice Wolf follows, creating a quiet visual continuity from beginning to end. Listeners will enjoy this story for its suspense and good humor, while older readers will find much to explore in the implications of Wolf's artistic adventure.—Bethany Isaacson, Wheaton Regional Library, Silver Spring, MD
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Wolf, tired of reading books about nasty, scary, greedy wolves, decides to pen his own story about a nice wolf. In the tale, Wolf follows footprints in the snow, hoping he can make a new friend. Rabbit and Frog don’t buy his line, and, sure enough, when Wolf realizes the footprints belong to fat, juicy Duck, he begins to salivate. Both plot and pictures then take a surprising turn, which will delight young readers. Replete with visual allusions to popular wolf stories, the folk art–style illustrations set up the scenario for thisstory-within-stories. The art also yields several opportunities for readers’ discoveries: the stuffed animals on Wolf’s shelf become the characters in his story, while the subtle placement of Wolf’s paw and pen make readers almost forget that they’re reading Wolf’s made-up tale. Indeed, Wolf himself seems to have become so involved in his story that he is startled by the turn of events. Left up to the imagination is the question of whether art imitates life or life imitates art. Pair with Emily Gravett’s Wolves (2006). Preschool-Grade 3. --Patricia Austin

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This is the funniest children's book I have ever read!
Mom22
Following footprints, Mr. Nice Wolf set out across the snow and through the forest to find a new friend.
J. Grambo
I love finding picture books that have it all: great artwork, imagination, humor, and originality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dena on December 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love finding picture books that have it all: great artwork, imagination, humor, and originality.

Footprints in the Snow was a delightful surprise to read. My children and I both fell in love with the story and read it again and again. It is one of those books that I hope everyone reads and loves so that it will become a classic and stick around for a long time.

The artwork is fantastic. I loved how the illustrations depicted Wolf's artwork and you could see his pencil in the corner of the page, or a paw, or some other artistic tool.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Children's librarians spend, I'd say, at least 2% of their lives reading pictures books (it'd be longer, but those puppies are blessedly short). And I suspect that reading that many of them does something to your brain. You notice patterns. You pick up on weirdnesses. And sometimes, once in a great big while, you crack. There is a kind of picture book out there (and I'm looking at YOU, Miss Spider) where a creature goes against its god-given normal instincts and goes from predator to silly happy friend. Even if you can't recall one off the top of your head I'm sure that you've seen those books where some poor carnivorous wretch is left bereft and alone because everyone assumes that they are going to eat them. Then, by the end of the story, the creature somehow proves itself to be a sweet and happy fellow; everything is sunshine and roses, la-di-da-di-da. Read enough of these and you find that you've been unconsciously tearing out the follicles on your head, one by one, in an effort to distract yourself from the pain of dealing with the book. Fortunately, there is a balm for your swollen noggin, and even better it's British. Footprints in the Snow by Mei Matsuoka manages to balance out the sweet with the knowing and in doing so comes up with a book faithful to the predator and honest with the prey.

Wolf's enjoying a nice snowy day inside, eating his milk and cookies, reading his books about wolves. Yet as he reads Wolf realizes something. Wolves in books have been getting a pretty bum rap. If they're not frightening boys who cry wolf then they're dressing up as grannies or swallowing live pigs.
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Format: Hardcover
One day, Wolf noticed that all the stories in his books about wolves portrayed them in a negative light, so he set out to write a story with a GOOD wolf. Following footprints, Mr. Nice Wolf set out across the snow and through the forest to find a new friend. But on the way he has some temptations. Will he be able to stay nice?

With lively, cheerful illustrations and an amusing story, this picture book will be a popular, entertaining addition to your bookshelf.
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