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Dream Snow Hardcover – September 25, 2000

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It's almost Christmas and it hasn't snowed yet. As the farmer naps on his small farm, he dreams of being covered in a gentle blanket of new snow. Then, one by one, he dreams of each of his five animals (aptly named One, Two, Three, Four, and Five) being covered as well. When he awakens, he discovers that real snow--not dream snow--has fallen. And "Oh my! Oh my! I almost forgot," the farmer shouts, and, bundling up, hurries out to his tree (named Tree) with a box and a sack, looking remarkably familiar in his white beard and red suit. After decorating Tree, the farmer shouts "Merry Christmas to all!" and pushes a button for a surprise Yuletide jingle.

Young fans of Eric Carle's The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, and other multisensory books, will delight in pushing the same microchip button the farmer pushes to hear the tinkling, oddly eerie holiday tune. In an even more unusual departure from standard picture books, Carle inserts a clear plastic sheet, covered with snowflakes and a white blanket, before each illustration of the dreaming farmer and his animals. Turn the plastic page to discover what kind of critter lies beneath the snow. Carle's magnificent collages, as always, are the heart and soul of his books. (Ages 3 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Ages 2-6. Visual and musical gimmicks enhance Carle's signature bright, textured collages in this holiday-cum-counting story. A white-bearded farmer lives the simple life with a few animals that he names One through Five. Children don't find out which number matches which animal, though, until they follow the farmer through a visually clever dream. "It's almost Christmas, and it hasn't snowed yet," says the farmer. But as he sleeps, he envisions snow falling, covering each of his animals, while the text counts along--"The snowflakes gently covered One with a blanket"---a plastic sheet printed with snow overlays each page, concealing the collage images until readers lift the page and discover that One is a horse, Two is a cow, etc. Dream becomes reality when the farmer awakes to a white world and hurries outside (dressed in Santa coat and boots) with presents for the animals and ornaments for a tree that, thanks to a changeable battery pack, plays a chiming tune at the press of a button. Although this is more an exercise than a story, Carle fans and toddlers learning the basics will still enjoy the gentle text and creative design features. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD300L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; Library Binding edition (September 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399235795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399235795
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.6 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Eric Carle's new picture book Dream Snow introduces the farmer, who lives with his five farm animals, named One, Two, Three, Four, Five and his tree, simply named The Tree. It's almost Christmas and it hasn't snowed yet. So one evening, the farmer sits in his favorite chair, has a cup of peppermint tea and some bread with honey, dozes off and begins to dream of snow. When he awakens, he finds that it actually has snowed. So, he bundles up in hat, boots and gloves, grabs a big box, throws a sack over his shoulder and, looking very familiar, heads out to the barn. There he decorates The Tree and along with his farm animals, poised to push a button, wishes "Merry Christmas to All". What makes this simple little book so special, is Mr Carle's wonderfully inventive illustrations. He has painted his snow flakes and drifts on clear plastic, inserted before each page, which when lifted reveals the farmer or one of his animals on the page below. And as the farmer is wishing all a Merry Christmas, your youngsters can help by him by pushing the button, to hear a holiday song. This is a charming, gentle story the entire family will love and a sure classic in years to come.
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mr. carle has created a wonderful series of children's books, first catching our children's attention with "the hungry catepillar." his medium is collage with which he creates beautifully colored pictures bringing to life his simple stories. this is a wonderful addition. we meet a farmer who could pass for santa claus. it's near christmas and there's no snow, an impending disaster. luckily he has a magical dream in which first he then his animals are covered one by one by snow. as we lift the acetate sheet, uncovering the animals on each page and we meet one through five. then the farmer awakes to find his dream come true and at last he can decorate for christmas. he finishes with a flourish giving us all a song to play. a great read for parents and children alike (a good book to read together)with lively art.
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Toy book--joy book, Carle hits a home-run again. Follow the farmer and his animals--named after numbers because he can count them on one hand, through a dream of snow falling on the barnyard. The reality of a snowfall intrudes on their lives and a hustle begins over something he has forgotten. Overlays complete the illusion of snow covering all it comes in contact with and our young audience uncovers each animal to ensure its well-being. A musical sound effect ending the story celebrates Christmas. Bright poster paint montage cut-outs fill the pages to create a warm and inviting texture to the story as it unfolds. The folk art is child-like yet filled with wonderful touches of details that overall create a satisfying balance. Children will come back to it again and again.
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Format: Hardcover
I just read this book to both of my preschool classes and it was a hit! They were so quiet when I read it to them. The beautiful song that ends the book was a delight to them. I originally bought this book for my niece for a Christmas present but I am going to keep it for the class!
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Format: Board book Verified Purchase
From reading reviews I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I ordered the Board book and have to say - I love it! It has lift up flaps through out the book. Cute story - doesn't really go anywhere much but my toddler still enjoyed it and it was a nice christmas theme. My son also liked counting off the animals with the farmer which he's not done with any other book till now. I did expect twinkling lights on the tree at the end which you don't get with the board book edition sadly.
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I like it but I sure missed the button at the end that causes the tree to light up and a brief sound effect. The students really loved that part and, after years of use with classes, it no longer works so I ordered this copy as a replacement. (Battery change didn't help with old one either). I would buy this again if I can find the version with the special effects. As it is, I gave it as a Christmas gift since it is better for one person than for group sharing.
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We just read this one again last night. Although we love all Eric Carle's book this one fell a little flat. As always the illustrations are wonderful but the story was only so-so. My daughter's favorite part about the story is the end when you press the button to hear a little melody.
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My daughter has loved this book for awhile now...we got a used version a couple of years back and the button at the back finally crapped out after many fixes, so I went ahead and got a newer book. Its a simple book, but it seems to calm her down at night and she loves the little music at the end. We read this year round.
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