From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–A young girl wakes up and is excited to see snow on the ground. She drags her father out of bed and gets ready to go out to play, putting on her shirt, pants, socks, and snowsuit. Running outside, she exclaims, "Hello, snow!/Hello, sunshine!/Hello, wind!/Snowflakes tickle/On my chin." When her neighbor comes out, they build a snowman together and then go sledding. After they take a couple of spills, the friends go inside for some cocoa. The rhyming text uses simple language to highlight familiar activities. Done in pen-and-ink and watercolors, the cartoon illustrations are filled with action and humor and reflect the excitement of a snowy day. Vibrant colors make the indoor scenes warm and cozy, while the characters' brightly hued outdoor clothing stands out nicely against the white backgrounds. Although Ezra Jack Keats's The Snowy Day
(Viking, 1962) remains the first choice about this popular topic, Hello, Snow!
makes an adequate addition.–Rebecca Luhman, Greece Central School District, Rochester, NY
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PreS-Gr. 1. A little girl drags her father out of bed in the early morning, bundles up for the cold, and rushes outdoors to play in the snow. After she builds a snowman with a neighbor child and his dog, they all go sledding until the final run ends in a pile-up, and everyone heads indoors for cocoa. Short and cheerful, the rhymed verses offer the voice of the child, who usually expresses herself in terms of hellos and good-byes. In her high-spirited mood, even the act of putting on a sock becomes a form of play: "Hello, sock. / Goodbye toe. / Hold on, piggies--In you go!" Always upbeat and often comical, the artwork captures and extends the joyful tone of the text. Heightened by effective use of white space, the illustrations, ink drawings with watercolor washes, are notable for their expressiveness, economy of line, and warmth of color. This is one winter picture book that lets you feel
the snow. An irresistible addition to winter story hours. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved