From Publishers Weekly
Addie finds a silver box in an alley; inside are a pair of old mittens, and because her hands are cold, she takes them for her own and leaves the box for its owner to find. When she discovers that simply wearing the mittens brings snow to her small town, Addie is enchanted. For Christmas she plans the biggest snow of all, but ends up with a hazardous blizzard and cannot remove the mittens to stop it. She believes that if she finds the silver box, the storm will cease. Then the mittens unravel, right off her hands, and she returns to her safe home while the storm comes to a close. Arnold's first work as both storyteller and artist begins promisingly, and readers will be swept into the old-fashioned, sometimes quaint flavor of the tale. Each painting, reminiscent of folk art, lies opposite a full page of text; this is a well-designed volume. If there is a flaw, it's that the resolution is less than satisfying, for Addie's early choices lead to her dilemma but mere chance seems to lead her out of it. Ages 8-11.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4 In an engraved silver box lying in an alley, Addie, a young girl, finds a worn pair of gray mittens, which she soon discovers have the power to cause snow to fall. She becomes enthralled by this power until, using it, she causes a terrible blizzard and finds that she cannot take off the mittens to end the snowfall. Ruing her actions, she calls out for help and suddenly the wind unravels the mittens from her hands in a climax that skeptical children may find unbelievable but others will find magical. Arnold's story is well constructed, building like a snowstorm from a gentle beginning through a frenzied climax to a peaceful denouement. His language is precise. His illustrations reflect the text but do not dominate or even amplify it. They give graphic form to the story, setting it in an almost timeless small town and creating an almost ageless heroine. Pictures and text together create a mysterious tone. Magic or power out of control has been a popular theme with children in both folk and original stories since the Greek myths, and this story should appeal to those transitional readers looking for a challenging picture book, as well as to teachers looking for a different but short winter read-aloud. Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, N.J.
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