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"What if it starts to snow? What do you do? Where do you go?" So lilts the refrain in this delightful ode to winter wonderlands and freshly fallen snow. As the young narrator repeats his curious query, all manner of creatures answer in their own voices. "'I keep watch,' says the shiny black crow. 'Caw Caw Caw' when it starts to snow." "'I sit by the window,' says the cat. Big eyes glow when it starts to snow." Readers even learn the winter habits of otters and stoats in this informative, whimsical tale. Parisian illustrator Martin Matje's charming illustrations let the cool colors of winter evoke shivers and thoughts of warm mittens. A special bonus is the snowy scene where kids can find different animals hidden in a cave, rock pile, log, or hollow. "I can't sleep when the snow wants to play," says the young boy. "Three cheers for snow!" (Ages 4 to 8) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this engaging picture book about the chain of events set in motion by a snowfall, a cluster of animals respond in rhyme to a boy's question: "What if it starts to snow? What do you do? Where do you go?" Gershator (Bread Is for Eating) writes with a simple, lilting eloquence, using the book's title as an incantatory closing refrain to each creature's response: " 'The water is chilly,' says the fish./ 'It's best to lie low.'/ Swish, shh, shh/ when it starts to snow." Once every animal has retreated to its proper refuge, a wordless spread of the boy peering out from among a stand of trees at a blanket of white mimics the silence that falls along with the snow. In the final pages, the boy emerges from his comfy bedroom to play ("Hip hip hurray!"). French artist Matje inventively renders the winter sky in the color of hot chocolate tinted with whipped cream, a perfect evocation of both the coziness and chill of a snowy day. This striking visual element provides the backdrop for his boldly graphic characterizations: a crow is formed on a simple S-curve, a rooster and hen have the proportions of giant parade balloons and everyone, even the hulking bear, has tiny, bright eyes that peer out at the audience in comic wonder. With words that roll off the tongue, pictures of charming woodland inhabitants and a dash of science, this one will have readers raring to go on a snow quest of their own. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.