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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Easy-to-Read, Puffin
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (October 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141305770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141305776
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-Ziefert has retold a pleasant Russian folktale in simple language and short sentences suitable for beginning readers. An old couple who "wanted a little boy or a little girl very much" build one out of snow. When the old lady kisses the snow child, she comes to life, bringing joy to all around her. However, when spring comes, the snow child is forced to go where it is cold. The sad couple feel they will never be happy again, until winter arrives once more and the youngster returns. The book is illustrated with exquisite collages-autumnal browns and oranges give way to wintry whites and blues-with visual clues that make the entire reading experience a pleasurable one. An appealing addition to easy-reader shelves.-Anne Knicker-bocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 1-2. Drawing elements from many traditional stories, Ziefert weaves together a folktale written and designed for beginning readers. As in the "Gingerbread Boy," an older couple longing for children creates a magical child, this time from snow instead of dough. All winter, the couple loves their snow child, but when the warm weather comes, she disappears. The couple mourns her loss but rejoices again when the magical girl returns with the next winter. Told with simple vocabulary and sentences even the earliest readers can puzzle out, the story is nicely complimented by Julia Zanes' folksy watercolor collages, which reinforce rather than overwhelm the text. A lovely offering from Puffin's Easy-to-Read series. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "55dw" on January 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a sweet retelling of an old tale,but what makes it prticularly good are the charming illustrations by Julia Zanes. Both my six year old and 10 year old daughters love it and we've given several copies as presents this winter.
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The Snow Child by Harriet Ziefert was about and older couple who could not have a child. This made them very sad, though they still loved each other. One day, they noticed all of the little kids playing out in the snow and decided to join them. Instead of making a snow man, they decided to make a snow child. They gave her a body with arms and legs, eye, ears, nose, and even hair. They topped the snow child off with a dress.

When the woman kissed the snow child, it came to life. This made them both very happy. They finally had a child. They prepared her a bed inside, but the child refused to sleep in it. She needed to stay outside where it was cold, so they made her a bed of ice and she slept in it.

When spring began, the snow child ran away to follow the cold. This devastated the husband and wife, but when winter came, so did the child.

This book seemed unrealistic even for a children’s book. There should have been some sort of explanation as to how the snow came to life, even if it was something as simple as “And the woman’s want for a child was so great that when she kissed the snow, it came to life.”

The illustrations were unique. It looks like the illustrator cut up pieces of magazine-like paper of various fabrics and threw them together. Everything was very flat-looking. Some of the cutouts were very realistic, and you could see the threads in the clothing, whereas others looked drawn and dotted with white-out. The spring section of the book was very colorful.

Overall, this was by no means by favorite children’s book, but it was okay.
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By Lori Mevaa on June 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved this book as a child, when my father would read it to me before bedtime I would get so excited, it was my favorite. I would recommend it for any young child. To me this book is a must have, so I am ordering it again since the copy I had when I was a child got worn out, now I can read it to my children.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BostonNana on February 17, 2013
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expected a more detailed storyline. I had read the adult version and told my grandchildren about it. they were very interested. found the child-version to be lacking. grandchildren are 4 and 7.
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More About the Author

Harriet Ziefert was born in New Jersey. She grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey, where she attended the local schools. She graduated from Smith College, then received a Masters degree in Education from New York University. "About twelve years ago," says Ziefert in a 1995 interview, "I tried to get a job as an editor, but no one would hire me as a trade editor. So I decided to write my own books." Since then, she has written several hundred books, mostly picture books and easy-to-read books. "I write books very quickly," she says, "in about twelve hours. I rewrite them three times over three days, and then they're done." She writes about twenty books a year. Ziefert's picture book A New Coat for Anna is about a girl in a bombed-out European city during the months just after World War II. Anna has outgrown her old coat, and her mother trades her few surviving treasures--a watch, a lamp, a necklace, and a porcelain teapot--in order to obtain wool and have it spun, woven, and finally sewn into a fine red coat for Anna. A Horn Book Magazine reviewer stated, "the simple text, based on a true story, carries the narrative along effectively." The book, which was illustrated by Anita Lobel, was chosen as one of ten books to be read aloud by former First Lady Barbara Bush as part of a program promoting reading. Ziefert was invited to the White House for the occasion. The reason Ziefert began writing easy-to-read books was that she felt "they were getting too hard for kids to read in the first grade." She says that she wrote easy-to-read books with seventy-five or fewer words, even ones with fifty or fewer words, "to see how much of a story" she could produce with that limit. She enjoyed the challenge, and cites her book Sleepy Dog as an example. "Sleepy Dog is the most successful book I've ever done, in terms of number of books sold." She's also been working on a developmental program with publisher Dorling Kindersley, made up of books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Her book Pete's Chicken, which was illustrated by Laura Rader, was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review as "a simple, sweet 'Song of Myself' for children . . . [which] applauds the specialness of every child as it reminds parents of the healing power of just being there for children." Among her other books is a series of easy-to-read books, such as Trip Day and Worm Day, about an inventive science teacher and his rambunctious class of students. Ziefert's book Let's Get a Pet was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children by a joint committee of the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council. . Ms. Ziefert lives in Maplewood, New Jersey and Lincoln, Massachusetts. She has two adult sons.

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