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PreSchool-Grade 2-A little girl bundled in her red coat, striped scarf, and blue mittens follows mysterious tracks in the snow, wondering who made them. She goes out across the yard, along a frozen pond, over a snowy bridge, and into the woods. Ultimately, the trail leads her home and she realizes that she made the mystery tracks the day before. The gentle, rhyming text makes an ideal read-aloud, and young listeners will chime in on the repeated phrases. The soft-focus, colored-pencil illustrations portray a small Asian girl exploring her safe world, but a world transformed by the fresh snowfall. The child happily makes angels in the snow and slides down a small hill on her adventure. The cozy ending, complete with tea and cookies in a snug, warm kitchen, completes this tender celebration of the season.
Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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PreS. "Just outside my window, / There are tracks in the snow. / Who made the tracks? / Where do they go?" Keen to find out, a little girl follows the tracks throughout her rural neighborhood. Yee cleverly lets the white of the paper stand in for snow, rendering the other elements in soft colored pencils and an almost pointillistic style: ice-blue footprints; woodland flora and fauna in muted browns and grays; and the little girl herself, whose bright-red hooded coat (reminiscent of Peter's in The Snowy Day) adds cheer to the otherwise muted scenes. The singsong text, however, isn't quite as effective; certain lines ("Is that a hippopotamus?") serve the demands of the rhyme scheme more than they advance the story. Even so, this unassuming book will be enjoyed for its petite trim size, its wintry charm, and the gently humorous solution to its small mystery: the girl finally realizes that the tracks were made yesterday by someone she knows very well--herself. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312371349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312371340
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warm sunny days are outdoor days; bike riding days, running days. Cold, wet, snowy days are indoor days; writing days, illustrating days. In Michigan, there are plenty of days for writing and illustrating. Just as well, I do have to make a living. And I can think of nothing better than writing and illustrating children's books. For more about me and my books visit my blog and website at: wongherbertyee.blogspot.com

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Roman VINE VOICE on April 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Reminiscent of A Snowy Day, an Asian American girl enjoys a day exploring nature in winter. Told in simple rhyme and illustrated with soft and fuzzy "prismacolors on Arches watercolor paper".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Patty Inglish

The front cover illustration of Tracks in the Snow shows a small child bundled up in the winter snowscape, with a friendly squirrel and blackbird in attendance and a small fox coming out of the evergreens to play. There are soft snow tracks all around, the kind made by tiny boots in a fresh soft, cottony snow that has fallen during a winter's day that is not too cold, but pleasant and invigorating.

The child in the story goes outside with her animal friends and searches among fresh snow tracks for the maker of these footsteps. She wonders whom she will find at their end. The soft illustrations provide a comfortable setting for the story and a feeling of safety and happiness. Blackbird, squirrel and fox accompany her on her searching, but she simply cannot find the animal that has made those footprints in the fresh snow. Blackbird seems to coach her onward, and may be laughing a bit as well, with his upraised wings, like a cheerleader.

The tiny girl does not find the maker of the tracks, but she does find a lost mitten that matches her own scarf. Blackbird accompanies her all the way home as a light snowfall begins and reaches the afternoon time of tea and cookies. Following the same tracks back to the house, the young girl finally realizes that it is she who made the tracks in yesterday's fresh snow.

Young children will enjoy this tale of safe adventure and discovery on one's own, with animal companions and an afternoon snack at the end. Having a snack at the end of a quiet reading time of this story with a parent or older sibling would be a delightful touch.

Armchair Interviews says: A story that gives children a feeling of safety.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on August 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A little girl goes out to play in the snow. She finds some tracks and wonders who made them. She decided to follow them but they only lead right back to her home! Do they belong to a duck? Or maybe a rabbit? Read this cute picture book to discover the mystery!

The book has very simple text making it great to read aloud to small children.

We would recommed this book. Babies and toddlers will love the rhymes and soft illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Lawson on December 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because of a memory of making tracks in the snow with my own grandfather many years ago. My 2 kids (4 & 6) listened attentively and were in "suspense" until the end. They spontaneously repeated the recurring lines with me ("Tracks in the snow, Tracks in the snow, Where did they come from? Where do they go?") and were tickled by the ending (the girl realizes the tracks are her own). Very sweet, simple story. Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Hoffman on March 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful book! We picked this up at the local library and fell in love with the beautiful illustrations and sweet story. Perfect for all ages, but especially perfect for ages 1+. Looking forward to reading other books by Wong Herbert Yee!
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As I am always on the lookout for diverse books, I love this series. Yee's little girl is so curious and quirky. And I feel as if it perfectly captures how a child would go out and play and experience nature. My 3 year old loves Tracks in the Snow because while containing images and lessons about winter it also contains a "mystery" - who made the tracks in the snow? My daughter always points out that finding the mitten is like finding a clue. Fun book. We also own Yee's take on summer and would buy more from this author.
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