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PreSchool-Grade 2—A single snowflake on a midnight-blue marbled background ushers readers into this quiet celebration of snow that "comes softly in the night like a quiet friend" or falls so "heavy [it buries] cars up to their noses." In brief, lyrical text, Rylant states that snow helps us notice "the delicate limbs of trees" and "the light falling from a lamppost." It brings the delight of making snow angels and sledding and returning home to enjoy a warm drink. She urges readers to savor the phenomenon, for it remains only briefly. Stringer's acrylic paintings make use of small boxed scenes, full and three-quarter spreads, or full-page pictures framed in white, to display a world of snow-filled wonders. Varying perspectives help readers come up close to a group of multiethnic children gazing longingly at the flakes falling outside their classroom window and then view them from above as, clad in their puffy winter gear, they are finally released to cavort in its depths. There are interior views of a grandparent and child enjoying cozy activities at home and exterior scenes of the two enjoying a walk as twilight bathes the snow in pink hues. This is a gentle gem while Uri Shulevitz's Snow (Farrar, 2004) is a livelier treatment of the topic.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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*Starred Review* Snow is not an uncommon subject in picture books, but few have both the grace and exuberance of this lovely collaboration featuring Rylant’s evocative words and Stringer’s entrancing paintings. This celebration looks at snow in all its permutations and considers the effects it has on those the flakes fall upon. Is the best snow “the snow that comes softly in the night . . . the snow that brings you peace”? Perhaps it’s the heavy snow that sends you home from school, or the delicate fall that makes you notice the lace on trees. The artwork, whether oversize pictures of children at play, cozy household vignettes, or double-page spreads so packed with snow readers will want to reach in and make a snowball, is full of joy. Yet even in the midst of all this happiness, Rylant reminds readers “that nothing lasts forever except memories.” Fortunately, children will have this book in hand so they can experience the pleasure of a wintry day even after the snow is gone and the world has turned a soft green. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152053034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152053031
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My children (ages 5 & 7) love this book. I've also read it to two groups of third graders and my 6th grade advanced English class. This book is incredibly well written! The words feel like falling snow! It's a warm, heartfelt sentiment about snow of which children in Ohio can certainly relate. For grade 6, I used it as a jumping off point for a writing in class and served cocoa while we read it. A must have for children's book collectors.
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There are all kinds of snow. There is the kind snow that "comes softly in the night." swirling outside in the night until the little children wake up to visit with it. There is the kind that "begins to fall in fat, cheerful flakes" whenever you'd rather be out in it instead of where you are. Snow is beautiful and it swirls in all different kinds of ways and times for every child to enjoy. Some snows are heavy, while others just flutter to the ground.

"Children love snow
better than anyone does,
and they never complain
as they pull on their
red boots and mittens
and make plans
to catch
wet flakes
on their tongues."

The collaboration between the author and the illustrator in Snow is perfect. The words and illustrations mesh exceedingly well and the joy of falling snow is almost palpable. The art work is beautiful and busy and even the very young child will enjoy this book without knowing how to read. This is a great book for all the little snow bunnies out there!
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As a big fan of Cynthia Rylant, I purchased this for my two young girls this Christmas, thinking especially of my snow-loving four-year-old. When I read this beautiful book to my daughter, I assumed the she would simply think the book was about children loving snow and the things children do in the snow. Days later she was talking about snow (we had several feet) and made a very profound statement about snow - I knew then she got so much more out of the story than I ever thought she could. When I read the story; it brought tears to my eyes. The story is about much more than snow.... but I won't tell you my interpretation as yours may be different.

I'll be giving this as a gift to friends and family for years to come. The illustrations are works of art. Don't hesitate to order this one!
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My kids were mesmerized with the flow of the story and the wonderful illustrations. I loved it as much as the children.
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This is a great children's book - the illustrations are just beautiful. They captured snow so wonderfully. A 3 year old neighbor had a sneak preview of the book before it was sent off to a relative. He really enjoyed it. I will order this book again
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So very many emotions make their little appearances when reading this work to or with a child; joy, blissfulness, a warm fuzzy feeling which will drift the adult reader back to simpler times, and of course the delight of discover of a child and the memories you know that they, the child, will too be storing away for long wintery nights far into their future.

Cynthia Rylant is one of my favorite authors of children's books. She simply has a way about her that naturally attracts the young and delights the child in all of us. She has teamed up with Lauren Stringer on this one and I must say that this is truly a winning team...they are quite in tune.

This is the story of snow; all kinds of snow:

"Some snows fall only lightly,
just enough
to make you notice
the delicate limbs of trees,
the light falling
from the lamppost,
a sparrow's small feet."

You can close your eyes and just see and feel this delightful kind of snow, especially if you make just a wee effort and view it through the child part of your mind.

"The best snow
is the snow that
comes softly in the night,
like a shy friend
afraid to knock,
so she thinks she'll
just wait in the yard
until you see her.
This is the snow that brings you peace."

This work not only incorporates the very young, but the reader is given a steady flow of beloved parts of their lives; their animals, grandparents...family. Both the writer and the artist have conveyed much love and much sweet caring throughout the work.

This is an ideal work to read to the little ones before bed time on a cold winter's evening. The writing is peaceful; the art work soothing.
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This book is just magical. It is very well written - the words are poetic and really evoke the feeling of different kinds of snow. The Author also uses the beauty of a snowy day to reminds us how precious and fleeting special moments can be and to make sure to enjoy them. For children, this book is wonderful, and it also holds a bit of magic for adults as it brings back to us some of the special memories and feelings of being young.
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Cynthia Rylant's books are always so beautifully illustrated and the message in the story Snow brings back childhood memories! The text is simple to understand and connections can be made to real life.
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