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White Snow, Bright Snow Hardcover – April 1, 1947

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  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 1, 1947)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688411614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688411619
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henri Sorensen lives in Denmark.

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The story concludes with the melting of a snowman and the beginning of spring with the sight of a robin and cows about on the farm.
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Illustrations are fun, words simple enough for young readers.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on November 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This classic book published in 1947 wraps me in a soft fuzzy blanket of nostalgia and makes me crave the good ol' days of clean white snow and sledding, rubber boots and all the neighborhood children playing together in the huge drifts. It takes me back to being snowed-in, warm fire in the fireplace, hot cocoa and the Postman whose name I knew bringing armloads of Christmas cards. The world depicted in this book does not include the sound of a snow-blower or a snow-mobile. It does not have Doppler radar to let me know it's going to snow. In this book we rely upon the ache in a woman's big toe and the fact that a farmer says it smells like snow. The rabbits know it and the kids search the grey sky waiting for the first snowflakes. This book takes us from those first feathery flakes through a really deep snowfall. We're there as the townspeople shovel themselves out. We're there as the grown-ups contend with the winter snow and the children revel in it. Eventually Spring comes and is greeted with as much gladness as the first snowflakes. The simple four color watercolor illustrations are just wonderful and made me yearn for the days when we didn't hurry from climate controlled houses to climate controlled cars to shopping malls with trees and fountains, for the days when we were on speaking terms with the weather. The writing in this book is so lyrical and gentle that it makes a perfect bedtime story and it is sure to warm the heart of the adult who's doing the reading. For example, "Then without a sound, just when everybody was asleep, the snow stopped, and bright stars filled the night. In the morning a clear blue sky was overhead and blue shadows hid in all the corners." Share this one.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I think I shall begin this review by saying something sacrilegious. It'll capture your attention and allow me to get something off my chest. I've noticed that if you tell children's literature professionals that you think it would be a good idea to take old picture books and liven them up with brand new illustrations by contemporary illustrators, they look at you like you've just suggested burning the collected works of Dr. Seuss. Which is to say, they look at you like you're insane. This isn't to say this practice isn't done from time to time. For example, illustrator David McPhail (for reasons I don't even want to contemplate) thought it might be a good idea to reillustrate Beatrix Potter's, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit". Usually, I think re-illustrating old classics is a bad idea. By and large, it's a dangerous practice that should be avoided. Then I read "White Snow, Bright Snow". This is a Caldecott winning book that is a fabulous read. I've rarely read a picture book that so beautifully captures the feeling you get when the world is first blanketed in a thick covering of fluffy white snow. Author Alvin Tresselt's words are some of the most beautiful you'll read, which makes it that much more of a pity that the illustrator on this book was Roger Duvoisin. I know many of you remember this book from your youth and I know many more would beat me with sticks for suggesting anything at all be changed about this wonderful tale. But honestly, let's look at it again in a clear light. I can't help but think new illustrations would suit this puppy perfectly.

In this story, author Tresselt gives us several different impressions and reactions to the coming of wintertide.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Snow is the center of this book. Mr. Tresselt develops how snow is anticipated, experienced, and dealt with by a postman, farmer, policeman, the policeman's wife, rabbits, and children. The book is noteworthy for its social perspectives from 1947 more than for the story. As a Caldecott Medal winner, the high point of the book comes in the Day-Glo yellow, orange, and green images that burst from the white and grey world of winter. Mr. Roger Duvoisin has created a most unusual mix of nostalgia and modernism in these images that evoke a Stuart Davis type of feeling.
"Softly, gently in the secret night,
Down from the North came the quiet white."
"Drifting, sifting, silent flight,
Softly, gently, in the secret night."
These lines open the book and help create the magical mood of new-fallen snow.
The postman says that it "looked like snow." He "put on rubbers" to keep his feet dry. But during the storm, he "slipped and fell in a snowbank." The next morning, he "took out his high boots." When spring finally came, he walked slowly so he could "enjoy the bright sunshine."
The farmer said it "smelled like snow." He "went to the barn for a snow shovel." With it, he "dug a path . . . to the house." The next day, he used the path to the barn and "milked his cows." In the spring, he "let his cows out" of the barn for the first time that year.
The policeman said it "felt like snow." He "buttoned up his coat." But he "got his feet wet." He "had a chill and stayed in bed" the next day. When spring came, he "walked in the park."
The policeman's wife said "her big toe hurt.
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