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Kindergarten-Grade 2–An elderly woman watches from her window as three young sisters play outside in the snow. She reminisces about the times long ago when she did the same with her own siblings, Rita and Mae. After opening the door and offering lemon and sugar to the children, the woman tells them how to make lemon ice. Later in the day, Rita and Mae make a surprise visit for their sister's 80th birthday. The girls help celebrate by preparing a snow party complete with a snow cake, snow chairs, and the best lemon ices ever. Mai-Wyss's attractive illustrations, done in watercolor, gouache, and collage, are filled with colorful patterns, from woolen knit caps and other items of clothing to bright checkered tablecloths and various interior details. Endpapers featuring a sheet of notebook paper with a rebus recipe for making lemon ices extend the reading experience. Despite the snowy backdrop, this book leaves readers with a warm glow inside.–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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PreS-Gr. 2. In this charming intergenerational story, two groups of three sisters come together on a snowy day. The narrator, celebrating her eightieth birthday, is nostalgic as she watches three young girls (Red Hat, Blue Hat, and Yellow Hat) playing in the snow and recalls how she played with her own siblings, Rita and Mae, before they grew up and moved away. Remembering how they made lemon ice with fresh snow, she offers the Hats the ingredients for the treat. Melancholy, the woman takes a nap, only to be awakened by a knock at the door. Children may expect the little girls, but it's Rita and Mae, surprising their sister on her birthday. Their joy is enhanced when Red, Blue, and Yellow Hat join the party with some surprises of their own. Wistful memories of the elderly may not seem the stuff of picture books, but Cheng lightens them and tightens them to the girls' play as Mai-Wyss brings out the shared feelings of fun and delight in her delicate watercolors. Endearing, this will be a place for conversations to start between young and old. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (January 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399240233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399240232
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Jackson on February 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Andrea Cheng does a delightful job of taking a topic that is sometimes "scary" for children--that of the elderly. She shows the world from two points of view and then bridges those worlds in a touching, gentle way. Just when you think this might have a pitiful ending, there's a fun twist that leaves the reader deeply satisfied. A wonderful read that any children with an aging neighbor, relative, or grandparent will want to read again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cambridge reader on March 29, 2008
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This is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I have ever seen. I love the gorgeous illustrative techniques in the book- the combination of drawing/paint and collage of photos of actual fabrics for the characters' clothes, the real photo of stamp used in the picture frame, etc. The book is full of girl characters who are active: scooping, piling, dumping, mounding, buying oatmeal, using imagination. Two spunky elderly ladies who travel far to celebrate their sister's birthday. Beautiful interaction between generations, and nice message about community.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bayshore Beautiful on November 3, 2012
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This is a FEEL GOOD book for the entire family!!! We first borrowed it from the library and had to buy it for ourselves. I even read it as "mystery reader" in my daughter's class!
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