From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 4-This picture book begins and ends with a whisper of snow. In between, a lost dog, a boy, a girl, a deer, a rabbit, and a squirrel cross paths as readers follow their tracks through the vast white of the pages. The tracks are both textual and pictorial as they create meandering word patterns and paint pictures of footprints in the snow. From the "peth, peth, peth" of the falling snow to the "jingle, huff, jingle, huff-" of the runaway dog, the text sings. The written word becomes a choral reading with solo voices while the ink-and-watercolor illustrations add another dimension to the composition. On some pages the paintings add a hush to the music; on others they brighten the song. White backgrounds create a crisp cold day, while more colorful, painterly pages realistically picture the rural neighborhood. This title will harmonize well with Ezra Jack Keats's The Snowy Day (Viking, 1962) and other wintry favorites.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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PreS-Gr. 2. With whispery, musical words and detailed, soft-focus images that depict typical winter scenes, this gentle book gives children a sense of what snow is. A dog, deer, children, and squirrels wander, leaving clear, curious tracks in the new fallen white; the passing of traffic creates a symphony of tires. The underlying structure of looking for the lost dog keeps the narrative headed forward through the day, and all ends well. The author's invitation to voice the "sounds" of falling snow and hum a favorite radio song need not be offered twice, and gentle bits of humor offset some sentimentality, assuring repeated read-alouds. Just right for sharing on a snowy day. Francisca GoldsmithCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved