- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Library Binding: 40 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375957006
- ISBN-13: 978-0375957000
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,519,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cold Snap Library Binding – October 9, 2012
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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2012:
“A community caught under the pall of a weeklong cold snap comes together in this cozy, old-fashioned story that is high on both charm and appeal.”
Starred Review, Booklist, September 1, 2012:
“A delight for sharing, especially one-on-one.”
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About the Author
Eileen Spinelli is the author of almost 50 books for young readers, including the middle-grade novels Another Day as Emily, Summerhouse Time, and The Dancing Pancake for Knopf, as well as picture books like Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green, The Perfect Thanksgiving, Hero Cat, and The Best Story. Eileen lives with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, in eastern Pennsylvania.
Marjorie Priceman is the author-illustrator of How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A., as well as How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. She has received two Caldecott Honors, for Hot Air! The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride and Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
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In the town of Toby Mills there is a memorial statue to the town's founder, General Toby. One February, there was a "cold snap", and everything was snowy cold. Ice and snow were everywhere. An icicle formed on the tip of General Toby's nose and that icicle forms the main theme of this cute story. The icicle was formed on the first day of the cold snap. Then my granddaughter turned the pages, and, on Saturday, General Toby's icicle had grown just down to the "dimple on his chin".
More pages were turned, Sunday, and my granddaughter giggled as the icicle now hung past his chin. In the church, the pastor preached in earmuffs and overcoat. Monday, and the general's icicle was growing even longer and the town was really cold...cold snap. Street workers made fires in metal drums. The train's doors could not be opened, as they had frozen shut! Tuesday! And the icicle touched the medal on General Toby's chest, and my granddaughter laughed. She read the days of the week, and was impressed as the icicle grew and grew. On Wednesday, bitter wind made the cold snap even colder, and General toby's icicle grew some more.
Thursday! And the icicle had reached the general's belly button, which made my granddaughter laugh out loud. The pastor taped hot water bottles to his feet so he could take a nap. By Friday, the out-of-towners were calling Toby Mills, "the new North Pole", and ... you guessed it: General Toby's "...fat icicle kissed the ground". Something had to be done and the people built a great bonfire on the top of T-Bone Hill, and, for once the people of Toby Mills were warm. Another day, the cold snap ended and the icicle shattered at the feet of the statue.
The obvious anticipation, page by page, of the growing length of the icicle made this book easy to read and enjoy. My four year old granddaughter was able to read the days of the weeks and giggle and giggle as the icicle grew and grew and grew, during the cold snap. This was an enjoyable book.
P.S. The cover of the book has sparkles all over it, making the book glitter in the light.