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PreSchool-Grade 1—A father and son go sledding down a hill one snowy night in this charming picture book. The brief text consists of easy-to-read words in rhyming pairs ("Still hill./Far star./Snow aglow"). According to an author's note, the structure of the story-poem was inspired by an ancient writing pattern called chiasmus, "a format that creates a kind of mirror image." Bright watercolor pictures capture perfectly the downcast faces of the characters when they are stuck inside during a snowstorm ("Sad lad./Sad dad"), their expressions of happiness and excitement during their nocturnal adventure on the red sled ("Go! Go!/Whoa! Whoa!"), and their cozy contented smiles as they enjoy hot chocolate back home afterward ("Snug hug"). This is a great book for storytime and one-on-one sharing, and beginning readers will be able to follow the simple language presented in large black script.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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A dad, a lad, and a red sled are the just-right combination for a story-poem about a father-son nighttime sledding adventure. The minimal text is mostly comprised of two rhyming words per page that set the stage and describe the action: “Sad lad. Sad dad. Fat hat. Knit mitt. Still hill. Far star. Snow aglow.” The bright, loosely rendered watercolor illustrations embellish the spare text adding a few details here and there, for example, a rabbit witnessing the action and kittens sharing the cozy scene after the sledding adventure. In a short author’s note, the reader is informed that this was inspired by an ancient form of writing called chiasmus that creates a mirror image with words flowing toward a center point and then reversing. The entire 70-word text of the story is then repeated on the page in a sort of concrete poem format to illustrate the connection. This romp can be enjoyed by the youngest listeners, beginning readers, and older children learning various forms of writing. Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall EnosSee all Editorial Reviews