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Snow Music (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – September 2, 2003
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My description of the plot is exactly the same as millions of plots about snowy days in children's picture books. There's not a word in that description that's going to convince you that this book is any better or worse. Well it IS better, gol durn it, and I fully intend to show you why. First of all, let's examine a two page spread that appears after the title page. The page is full of blue, purple, and violet circles, each containing the word, "peth". The instruction simply reads, "Everyone whisper:". A whispered "peth" is indeed the sound snow makes when it falls on a silent night. The opposite page is a single spotlight lit on the side of the road, illuminating the flakes that fall beneath it. As the book continues we read small animal poetry. One is a deer haiku (almost), the other the thoughts a squirrel may have as it hunts for food. Two kids meet up and one explains his current situation. "I just opened the door to look out and he bolted". I love this line. The kids trudge off to find the dog and we read three different kinds of snow music in a row. One is the sound a car makes when it drives with the radio playing. Another is a VERY realistic truck salting the road. The third, the dog jingling in the snow.Read more ›
"Why are you saying he's good?"
"So he'll like coming home".
The illustrations are very subtle, as is the minimal text. I fear that for this reason though, this book may not have universal appeal. If you prefer books that are very bold and obvious in their illustrations and text, this may not be the book for you. It's one of those books that you have to read a few times before it can be fully appreciated. Not quite up there with Ezra Jack Keat's A Snowy Day, but nevertheless, a beautiful worthy addition to any library.
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One of my favorite books! My boys love the squirrel part. Remember to read it fast and silly! We love it!Published 24 months ago by Mrssinger
I've read the other reviews on this book, and I emphasize that I RESPECTFULLY disagree. I don't mean this to insult anyone, but I find the positive reviews thus far reflect the... Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Darren Milner