From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-A young child, who could be male or female, wakes up to a world covered with snow. Throughout the day, the youngster explores the white landscape, examines the storm's effect on animal and plant life, returns home as more clouds are gathering strength, and awakens once again to ever-deeper snow on the darkest day of winter. Sanfield's poetic text is brief and as quiet as the subject it describes. This is not so much a story as a series of observations. The stylized illustrations are small, sometimes spilling across the center of two pages. They are surrounded by generous borders that pick up motifs within the pictures: animal tracks, trees, snowflakes. Winter paints her borders in varying wintry shades of blue and purple that blend with the colors in her illustrations. While making snow angels is a favorite winter activity, as it is with the child featured here, it is confusing to have snow angels carrying candles and floating across the sky in this otherwise realistic landscape. Nevertheless, this book will make welcome seasonal reading.Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
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Ages 3^-7. Sanfield uses brief, poetic phrases to depict the ways snow transforms the world. Unlike many picture-book authors, he doesn't rely on sequential enumeration of snow activities. Instead, he opts for a hushed mood and a string of snowy impressions: "On moonlit snow even my shadow is cold." The paintings, in cool blues, lilacs, and pinks, show a child (it could be either a boy or a girl) looking out a window and walking around in the snow. The pictures are lovely, but they sometimes contradict Sanfield's words. For example, when Sanfield writes, "A black cat makes the snow whiter," Winter shows blue snow. The text closes with mention of a new year, making this a good non-Christmas holiday book. Susan Dove Lempke