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Samson in the Snow Hardcover – September 27, 2016
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Samson the woolly mammoth is content with the company of his flowers. When a little red bird flies by, asking for some flowers for a friend whose favorite color is yellow, Samson wonders what having a pal would be like. As summer turns to winter, Samson, concerned about the bird's fate, decides that "it is better to walk than to worry" and sets out to find her. In the meantime he meets a mouse who is also in search of a friend, and together they rescue the bird, who has become trapped in the ice. The storm finally passes as the three newly united creatures trade stories of their adventures. Simple language is suitable for either read-alouds or independent reading. Although some text blocks are within illustrations, most are placed on light backgrounds, making all but one easy to read. As in the best picture books, the narrative is told in words and pictures. Two wordless spreads show the bird's predicament, while a third contrasts these starry white and blue winter scenes with a bright yellow summer one. Pencil-line animals stand out against highly textured backgrounds, and color is essential to the plot, as readers realize that the mouse—whose favorite color is yellow—is the friend for whom the bird originally sought flowers. VERDICT This sweet tale of friendship deserves a place in every collection.—Jill Ratzan, Congregation Kol Emet, Yardley, PA
"This sweet tale of friendship deserves a place in every collection."―School Library Journal, starred review
"The contrast between the very large and the very small contributes to the story’s magic, and so does Samson, a hero who is tender, patient, and loyal."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A story warm in both palette and feeling."―Kirkus Reviews
"A comforting tale packed with symbolism and beauty."―The Horn Book
"A lovely tale for a peaceful storytime."―Booklist
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What do they have in common? Their favorite color is yellow, and they all need refuge from the snow.
The little red bird asks Samson if she can take some of his yellow flowers to a friend of hers whose favorite color is yellow. Of course, Samson agrees - he is a generous fella.
Samson wishes he had a friend, falls asleep, and wakes up to a field full of snow. He worries about the little red bird whom he just met. I sympathize as there is a little bird who lives in the pine tree outside of my front door. When temperatures get near zero, I want to bring the bird into my house to keep it warm!
Is Samson able to rescue the little red bird? And what about the friend to whom she was bringing flowers? You will have to read the story to find out. Let's just say it has a happy ending.
Books which model kindness are needed in this world. I like to read books like this to a class, and then write a class story about when each student was kind, or someone did something kind for them or someone they knew. And then brainstorm how they can do kind things in the week ahead. This has an impact on children. They learn that kindness is as adventure, is fun, and contributes to their happiness. It's the Golden Rule in action. And it creates a warm atmosphere for the class. Then, ask the children to illustrate someone being kind. It's a positive way to teach character lessons.
The illustrations are fetching in this book. The snow scenes are wondrous!
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The wrap-around jacket illustration of this quietly deep picture book foreshadows the story, as the ominous snow storm on the...Read more