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Snow (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – July 15, 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
We're in a village. A village where the clouds hang heavy overhead and the only words on the first page are, "The skies are gray. The rooftops are gray. The whole city is gray". The next two-page spread gives a perfect sense of anticipation. Underneath this mono-colored set of stores and houses are the words, "Then......one snowflake". And if you look very very carefully, there's a single spot of white against the gray swelling watercolor that is the sky. A boy in an orange hat points out the flake with delight, his dog by his side. His grandfather, however, doesn't think snow is possible. Then there are two snowflakes (with a man in a hat pish-pishing the possibility).Read more ›
With few words and understated illustrations the book is amazingly alive!
My only reservation is that many of the pictures are rather too small for a story group to really appreciate from a distance. In order for the children to take note of the details (such as one lone snowflake) it is necessary to bring the pages down to each child for a closer look. This does bleak the reading flow. A few unfolding pages when applicable (as in "Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me")would go a long way to making this story more visual. Aside from that little quibble I think this is a delightful book for children.
Something similar is afoot in Snow, by Caldecott Award winning author Uri Shulevitz. A little boy (identified only as "boy with dog") sees endless potential as the first flake of snow is sighted over an otherwise grey city. Filled with hope, he runs through the streets of the town crying out,"It's snowing".
Here are some of the responses of the adults he encounters on his way:
"'It's only a snowflake,' said grandfather with beard".
"'It's nothing,' said man with hat".
"'It'll melt,' said woman with umbrella".
They are backed up by the media:
"'No snow,' said radio".
"'No snow,' said television".
But as is importantly noted, "...snowflakes don't listen to radio, snowflakes don't watch television". And soon the whole city is blanketed in a thick cover of snow as boy with dog frolics about...
Shulevitz' great genius, as always, is in his illustrations. They perfectly capture the overbrimming exuberance of boy with dog, and contrast this with the snooty and aloof demeanor of the grown-ups. And the transformation of the town that follows is deeply evocative.
It's for good reason that Snow was selected as a Caldecott Honor Book by the 1998 ALSC selection committee.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This isn't your classic literary beacon. Instead it is a whimsical picture book through which the story is told by the delightful illustrations perhaps even more than words. Read morePublished 2 months ago by net shopper
Great addition to our Christmas book countdown. It's an award winner for a reason, and the board format is so much nicer with a 2 year old around!Published 5 months ago by Fairchilds
This is a fun read for the classroom when it looks like snow outside. And discuss how one thing can "get the Ball rolling for other events to happen"Published 5 months ago by Douglas A. Gaddis
This simple story is perfect. Read it to kinders just before it is supposed to snow!Published 6 months ago by LindseySed
Bought this book purely for the illustrations. About 40 years ago, I'd run across and bought (even though I really couldn't afford to buy books then, gave up eating for a week to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nocturnal
Such a sweet story about a little boy sticking to his convictions that it will snow! And beautiful illustrations, too. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mel Wu
I bought this book in the board book format for mh daughter when she was 2. No matter how many times I read it, I enjoy it. It speaks to my heart. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Anelley