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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142412422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142412428
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 10.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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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From Booklist

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
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More About the Author

Jane O'Connor is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, and the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan. Fancy Nancy was nominated for the Quill Award for Best Picture Book in 2007. The Emperor's Silent Army: Terra Cotta Warriors of Ancient China won Booklist's Best Nonfiction Book for Young Readers in 2000. Jane has two grown sons. She was born, bred and still lives in New York City with her husband and their canine companion, Arrow.

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My first grade students loved this book!
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The story is very cute and creative I have read a lot of books in the class but this was one of the best.
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I am in love with this story and the illustrations.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A.C. 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christy Hurst on January 13, 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monica on November 24, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mathew A. Shember VINE VOICE on February 5, 2009
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This was an accidental read. It's a cute little story of a family and about another family that lives in a snow globe. They long for the days of the hard snow storms when all would be shaken around. My girl laughed at the picture of the daddy being thrown from the bath tub.

Too bad they have been forgotten. The only thing that happens is a slight snow when the maid dusts the mantle.

The baby of the big family notices the family in the globe. She figures a way to climb up to the globe. She grabs it but falls over. The globe shakes and the little family gets a big storm! Time for sledding!

Overall it's a cute story but the repeat reads have been only a couple. The story itself repeats a little as the big and small families do the same things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber Mann on January 15, 2007
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This book is great for teaching kids about perspective. I am an elementary school librarian, and I found that the children loved this story. There is an element of repetition that allows them to "guess" what's going to happen next. And, here in the South, the kids can really relate to the characters' wishes for snow!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Rotelli on November 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book feeling nostalgic for the snow globes I had when I was a child. My children were mystified, though, as they've never seen snow globes and didn't really understand the "two storms" theme. The story was fine (it's no "Why the Chimes Rang" but it's a perfectly fine story), the book's production quality was lovely, but if you want your children to appreciate it at all you should be sure you have a snow globe on your shelf, too!
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By Roshena A. on June 5, 2014
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This was a fun filled story. My class loved this book and so did my grandchildren.It made me want to go out and buy a new snow globe.
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By Kari Jensen on April 6, 2014
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The book is in great condition. Package come on time and well protected. I am a teacher, and I use this story to do a writing project with my students. So glad to have my own copy now!
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