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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385376936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385376938
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 10.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3–A gentle picture book created as tribute to the victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In his dedication, Kellogg expresses his hope that this book “celebrates the laughter, the playful high spirits, and the uniqueness of the children of Sandy Hook and of children everywhere.” And indeed, the image of falling snowflakes–“Flake/After flake/After flake/Each one a pattern/All its own–/No two the same–/All beautiful”–makes an affecting metaphor. MacLachlan's lyrical and understated poem describes snowflakes swirling “together/Like the voices of children” to blanket backyards and sleeping gardens, rolling countryside, and the town's familiar sites. Though a nighttime storm may bring shadows that “darken dreams,” morning always comes again, revealing a shining world and the opportunity to play outdoors. In springtime, “when the flowers bloom/The children remember the snowflakes/And we remember the children–/No two the same–/All beautiful.” Throughout, Kellogg's paintings dazzle with brightly clad kids joyfully romping through winter scenes. As flowers bloom, some of the youngsters dance into a still-snowy sky, and the back endpaper shows a row of 20 snow angels taking flight from a moonlit hillside and soaring into the heavens. Accentuating the rebirth found in nature's cycle, text and images depict the process of healing and renewal, the comfort of memory, and the power of hope. Adults can share this book to address tragic events, discuss grief and the recovery process, and remind children of the precious beauty of life.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journalα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* This peaceful offering begins on the endpapers with a happy scene of children peeking-out amid flowers and trees. As the eye pans across the spread, the seasons change—autumn leaves, then snowflakes, float down. The book begins its powerful meditation on the cycle of life. Readers will savor the beautifully paced descriptions as well as the delightful panoramas of children playing in the snow. Together, the poem and evocative watercolors tug at deeper emotions. Even as MacLachlan describes the flakes—Each one a pattern / All its own— / No two the same— / All beautiful—readers intuit she is also celebrating the children. In the extended metaphor, icy flakes strike the window pane in the dark, causing fright, but the morning promises to be brilliant. When rain, as it must in nature, washes the snow away, it helps summer flowers grow. Youngsters are left with joyful memories of snow angels and winter fun. This is a graceful homage to the inevitable seasons of life and remembrances of loved ones and times past. Whether or not they are familiar with loss and grief, children will feel the healing power of this hopeful, uplifiting book. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: These stellar talents were moved to create this book by the events in Connecticut and have dedicated it to the communities in Newtown. Preschool-Grade 2. --Jeanne McDermott

More About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie, and to this day carries a small bag of prairie dirt with her wherever she goes to remind her of what she knew first. She is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb's Story; and Three Names, illustrated by Mike Wimmer. She lives in western Massachusetts.

In Her Own Words..."One thing I've learned with age and parenting is that life comes in circles. Recently, I was having a bad time writing. I felt disconnected. I had moved to a new home and didn't feel grounded. The house, the land was unfamiliar to me. There was no garden yet. Why had I sold my old comfortable 1793 home? The one with the snakes in the basement, mice everywhere, no closets. I would miss the cold winter air that came in through the electrical sockets."

"I had to go this day to talk to a fourth-grade class, and I banged around the house, complaining. Hard to believe, since I am so mild mannered and pleasant, isn't it? What did I have to say to them? I thought what I always think when I enter a room of children. What do I know?"

"I plunged down the hillside and into town, where a group of fourth-grade children waited for me in the library, freshly scrubbed, expectant. Should I be surprised that what usually happens did so? We began to talk about place, our living landscapes. And I showed them my little bag of prairie dirt from where I was born. Quite simply, we never got off the subject of place. Should I have been so surprised that these young children were so concerned with place, or with the lack of it, their displacement? Five children were foster children, disconnected from their homes. One little boy's house had burned down, everything gone. 'Photographs, too,' he said sadly. Another told me that he was moving the next day to place he'd never been. I turned and saw the librarian, tears coming down her face."

"'You know,' I said. 'Maybe I should take this bag of prairie dirt and toss it into my new yard. I'll never live on the prairie again. I live here now. The two places could mix together that way!' 'No!' cried a boy from the back. 'Maybe the prairie dirt will blow away!' And then a little girl raised her hand. 'I think you should put that prairie dirt in a glass bowl in your window so that when you write you can see it all the time. So you can always see what you knew first.'"

"When I left the library, I went home to write. What You Know First owes much to the children of the Jackson Street School: the ones who love place and will never leave it, the ones who lost everything and have to begin again. I hope for them life comes in circles, too."

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The story and the illustrations are beautiful.
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We Love Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg too and this is a wonderful cause for the dedication of the book.
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This book will appeal to children and parents alike and is highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Bennett on October 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
With the help of beautiful illustrations by Stephen Kellogg, MacLachlan has written both a touching (and subtle) tribute to the events that occurred in Newtown on December 14th, 2012, and a wonderful story that speaks to - and helps us all understand - loss in a more peaceful and loving way. Especially good for children, this is a great book to help ease the pain of any type of loss, not just a death.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle Cocke on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have long been a fan of Steven Kellogg. He is also gifted as a collaborator with authors. Snowflakes Fall does not need a story line. It is as fragile and precious and momentary as the snowflake metaphor for our very brief time on earth. I was brought to tears, remembering those children and brave teachers who will forever be locked in time in the winter of 2012, never to enjoy the Spring. But, this book offers us a path to a loving memory of these lives lost and I am very grateful to both the author and illustrator.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Meagan @ Blooming with Books on October 30, 2013
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Snowflakes Fall
by Patricia Maclachlan
Illustrations by Steven Kellogg

Celebrating the uniqueness of each life Snowflakes Fall is a thoughtfully written book for children. Like each snowflake that falls no two lives are just the same.

The seasons of life are seen in snowflakes. Where Spring brings rain, Winter brings snow. Life like the seasons progresses through times of trouble and sorrow and yet there are times of joy and happiness as well.

Snowflakes Fall celebrates the joys of knowing life even if it is fleeting like a snowflake falling to the earth. Written in honor of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook/Newtown shooting I liked how the book has a trail of snow angels at the end. This book will appeal to children and parents alike and is highly recommended.

I was provided a digital loan of this title in exchange for my review.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Awhite on October 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a fan of Steven Kellogg and neighbor of Sandy Hook, CT, I prepurchased Snowflakes Fall knowing it would be a good keepsake marking the great loss suffered last December.
It is indeed beautifully illustrated, although I do agree with other reviews that the storyline is very simplistic. But it will be a good book to read to young children to focus on individuality and the beauty of snowfall.
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“Snowflakes Fall” by Patricia Maclachlan is book for children that teaches how each person is different and special in that diversity just as no two snowflakes no matter how similar they look, they’re never the same.

Also the author showed the passing of seasons and while the seasons follow each other there are times in which we are sad and melancholy, and some others when we are happy and full of energy and joy.

Patricia Maclachlan’s book speaks about the importance of life, although it’s fragile and can easily disappear just like snowflakes when they fall to the ground.

Steven Kellogg beautifully illustrated this story using his famous and distinctive style including fascinating pictures of snow, children and their dogs recreating the atmosphere and a special kind of warmth that can be felt only during the winter.

Therefore, “Snowflakes Fall” is a well-made picture book for older preschool children that carry a special message and it’s beautifully drawn so it can be fully recommended to children and their parents, especially in this Christmas season, when the warmth of family home can be felt the most.

The authors made a trail of snow angels at the book end due to the reason that this book was dedicated to those children and adult people who lost their lives last year in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
That tragedy is another example how human life is impermanent, but its beauty is incomparable to anything in our world…
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Such a beautiful, moving story filled with images and metaphors that will melt your heart.

Snowflakes Fall is beautifully written and full of meaning. The illustrations are gorgeous and magical. This wonder of a book was created as a tribute to the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 children, six adults and the gunman dead. The story celebrates the beauty of Winter, the uniqueness of each snowflake and each child, and the amazing circle of life. It's sad and emotional read, but it's also magical in that it leaves you with hope and warmth in your heart.

And when the snowflakes melt
In quiet sun
They fill the chattering streams
Flowing
Rushing
Sending drops of water up
To fall as rain
On places where the snowflakes had been
Where soon
Flowers will grow
Again.

And when the flowers bloom
The children remember the snowflakes
And we remember the children --
No two the same --
All beautiful.

Such harrowing and powerful writing in a childrens book! I'll be honest and admit that out of all the childrens books I own, Snowflakes Fall is the one I cherish the most.
Your children won't know the story behind this book (unless, of course, you'll decide to tell them), nor will they fully grasp it's profound message, but I'm 100% sure they'll sense just how extremely special and precious this story is nevertheless. You just can't miss that.

It's a book worth having on your bookshelf and a special moment worth sharing with your child.
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