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Mama, Will it Snow Tonight? Hardcover – October 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590785622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590785621
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This simple, beautiful portrayal of anticipation answers young children's desire for reassurance as well as information." --Booklist

"Carlstrom's gently repetitive, more-or-less rhythmic delivery abets a sense of inevitability to the proceedings. . . . Even though the Mamas' initial answers are in the negative, they help their children see the signs that indicate the arrival of winter." --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Nancy White Carlstrom is the author of more than fifty books for children, including the popular Jesse Bear books and Does God Know How to Tie Shoes? Her books have been recognized as IRA Children's Choices, Parents' Choices, NCTE Notables, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Booklist Editors' Choice: Top Ten Religious Book, and others. She lives in Seattle.
Paul Tong is the illustrator of Some Babies Sleep by Cynthia Cotton and Pecos Bill by Stephen Krensky. He lives in Berkeley, California.

More About the Author

Nancy White Carlstrom started writing when she was seven years old and has been writing ever since. She says, "I write when I am happy and when I am sad, and especially when I celebrate God's creation. When you read This Is the Day, I hope it will cause you to look at your world and be surprised by wonder every day of the week."

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Format: Hardcover
The mother fox lovingly looked down at her kit when he asked, "Mama, will it snow?" A bunny asked the same thing of his Mama as did a little girl. "No. No. No snow tonight," they answered. The season was changing and the colorful leaves began to leave their branches and fall to the ground and a chill began to set in. It's an exciting time when critters and little girls wait for the first snow, especially when weather signs point to the change.

"Mama, will it snow?
Mama, will it snow?
Mama, will it snow tonight?
The wind is brrrr.
The bushes bare.
The berries picked."

This was a beautiful, graceful book that captures the essence of the change of season from autumn to winter. The simple repetitive dialogue meshes perfectly with the watercolors. The artwork captures those subtle signs that snow will arrive soon, something that can be discussed with the young child. For example, "That night they all looked up at the hazy-lazy, fuzzy moon." On the following page you can see small snowflakes swirling in the moonlight. If you have a little one who loves to play outside and is awaiting the first arrival of snow, you'll love this gentle read!
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The first time I read this book, I felt it to be somewhat repetitious. However, as I took a second, third and forth look, I began to understand the need for the "Mama, will it snow tonight?" line. This small book captures a lot in the feeling for the season than it does in eloquent text. Actually, this is pleasingly refreshing for an adult reader.

I could see how a child would enjoy reading this book over and over. The illustration is very much integral to the text. I think that the author is trying to capture feeling more than thought in this gentle publication. Indeed, it always is an exciting time when fall turns to winter and we await the first snow. I wonder if this author could write a similar text (with the same illustrator, of course) on the excitement in waiting for the first flowers to bloom at the dawn of spring. I would like to read a little book like that! Sometimes, I think, capturing a feeling in a book is more powerful than telling a story. This book does that very nicely.
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