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PreSchool-Grade 1–Old-fashioned illustrations, the appeal of dolls, and glitter on the cover cannot save this marginal effort that lacks both tension and logic. On the mantle of a Victorian family's home stands a snow globe. Inside it is another Victorian-looking, although doll-like, family. All they want is for someone to shake the globe so they can have a blizzard. But no one notices them, except Baby. One day, during a storm, the live family goes out to play, leaving the baby and her mother behind. The child climbs up to the mantle, takes down the object that captures her attention, and causes a blizzard inside. Then Mama decides that the snow is too wonderful to miss and takes Baby outside. Both families enjoy the elements, and the snow globe is returned to the mantle, but now the cat is creeping up on it…. The text is simple and somewhat disconnected, and the art, while attractive, will have limited appeal. The odd premise and lack of real excitement are unlikely to capture a young audience.–Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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In parallel winter worlds, two families dream of a beautiful batch of fresh snow. The members of one family enjoy tea in the snug parlor of their Victorian home. On their mantle sits a snow globe, inside of which a miniature family gathers in a tiny sitting room of its own. Then a swirling snowstorm hits the human world, and the family head outdoors with sleds--all except Baby, who piles pillows to reach the snow globe and topples it, sending a blizzard through the miniature world--much to the delight of the tiny family, who also goes sledding. The story is slight, and children may have trouble distinguishing between the visually similar big and little families. Still, kids will like the notion of a tiny, unseen world within our own, and Schindler's nostalgic, detailed illustrations extend the story's playful humor and create an appealing contrast between the cozy interiors and the bracing thrills of sparkling snow drifts. This isn't a necessary purchase, but it makes a solid choice for a snowy story hour. 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD660L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142412422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142412428
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute book that parallels a large family with a small family inside a forgotten snow globe.

The family inside the snow globe longs for a big snowstorm, but no one shakes the snow globe anymore. Baby is the only one who notices.

When the big family gets a snowstorm, Baby manages to pull the snow globe from the mantle. Now the small family can go sledding, too.

It's a clever story. It has no Christmas in it, just winter. Grandma and Grandpa took a picture of us in front of our house, then put it in a snow globe to give to us along with the book.
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The School Library Journal review is too harsh! This is a fine book. The concept, illustrations, and text are better than many children's books I have read. I like that the story does not have any references to holidays, so it can be read in a setting such as the public schools or shared with friends of another religion. The holiday-free aspect also makes this book a good choice for January and February, when Christmas is over.
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A world within a snowglobe! Imaginative children will LOVE this book! Great illustrations, a simple but happy story, and a captivating concept will make this book a favorite--at Christmas and always. They'll never look at a snowglobe the same way again! Our four-year-old granddaughter was thrilled by it--and so was her grandmother.
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This is a gorgeous book that I have been reading to my daughter for years. I have finally gotten around to writing a review. I accentuate the sounds when the family gets "shook" up in the globe and go "Weeeeeee". It's an adorable book. Great for the holidays or anytime of year. Very imaginative. Great illustrative detail. This will become an heirloom book in our family for years to come.
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I teach first grade. This is a wonderful story to read on a cold winter day. I wanted a story to go along with my reading prompt, "If I lived in a snow globe..." This story really helped to spark their imaginations. The kids really got into the book and (spoiler alert!) rolled around the floor when the snow globe was shaken up. What a fun read.
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By msyogi on January 2, 2014
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I had read this book years ago and found it enchanting. It made me so happy to find it here on Amazon, as I couldn't find it anywhere else. My students absolutely loved the story and the illustrations, as did my 11 y.o. son.
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My first grade students and I really liked this book. It's a tale of two families. One family that lives in a snow globe that no one shakes anymore. The other is a regular family that has forgotten about the snow globe on the shelf. Everyone except the baby in the family. The baby is fascinated by the snow globe and is determined to get her hands it.
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This book has a great story and beautiful pictures. I used it to show a first grade class what fantasy is. "There could not be a real family living in a snow globe." I loved the way the plot was laid out - the baby was the only one who was interested any more in the snow globe; the illustrations show him eying it from his mother's lap. Then, when a real snowstorm occurs, the older children go outdoors with their dad, and sure enough, Baby finds some furniture and climbs up to get the snow globe. The illustrations show what happens to the family in the globe when Baby, true to form, shakes the globe vehemently and the family inside slips and slides all over the place. We made a snow globe with paper plates after this read-aloud. This book is definitely a good addition to my library.
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