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Snowflakes Fall Hardcover – October 29, 2013
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by Patricia Maclachlan
Illustrations by Steven Kellogg
Celebrating the uniqueness of each life Snowflakes Fall is a thoughtfully written book for children. Like each snowflake that falls no two lives are just the same.
The seasons of life are seen in snowflakes. Where Spring brings rain, Winter brings snow. Life like the seasons progresses through times of trouble and sorrow and yet there are times of joy and happiness as well.
Snowflakes Fall celebrates the joys of knowing life even if it is fleeting like a snowflake falling to the earth. Written in honor of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook/Newtown shooting I liked how the book has a trail of snow angels at the end. This book will appeal to children and parents alike and is highly recommended.
I was provided a digital loan of this title in exchange for my review.
It is indeed beautifully illustrated, although I do agree with other reviews that the storyline is very simplistic. But it will be a good book to read to young children to focus on individuality and the beauty of snowfall.
MacLachlan’s poem and Steven Kellogg’s memorable illustrations normalizes and celebrates the power of change, childhood memories, deep loss and renewal through the natural cycle of seasonal life.
SNOWFLAKES FALL is a wonderful grief and loss resource for parents and the classroom library to extend learning in the areas of Art, Language Arts, Science and Social studies. Some ideas I came up with while reading the story for Social Studies are to ask the question if your family, town or community hold special events during different seasons of the year. Does your town or community have fall festivals, corn mazes, and a great pumpkin race or grow the largest tomatoes, watermelons or pumpkins? During winter does your community have ice carving contests, ice fishing or swimming, community sing-a-longs or snowball fort building contests? Does spring season produce community gardens, best yard contests, or community wide clean-ups? In summer are there big birthday bashes for your town or country? Note the differences that take place during each season, cultural area and how change happens when we least expect it. Make comparisons of the things we can change (i.e. clothing, shoes and hair, food we eat) and what we can’t control (game outcomes, weather, & etc.) and how the changes make us feel.Read more ›
Also the author showed the passing of seasons and while the seasons follow each other there are times in which we are sad and melancholy, and some others when we are happy and full of energy and joy.
Patricia Maclachlan’s book speaks about the importance of life, although it’s fragile and can easily disappear just like snowflakes when they fall to the ground.
Steven Kellogg beautifully illustrated this story using his famous and distinctive style including fascinating pictures of snow, children and their dogs recreating the atmosphere and a special kind of warmth that can be felt only during the winter.
Therefore, “Snowflakes Fall” is a well-made picture book for older preschool children that carry a special message and it’s beautifully drawn so it can be fully recommended to children and their parents, especially in this Christmas season, when the warmth of family home can be felt the most.
The authors made a trail of snow angels at the book end due to the reason that this book was dedicated to those children and adult people who lost their lives last year in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
That tragedy is another example how human life is impermanent, but its beauty is incomparable to anything in our world…
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased for grand daughter for Christmas. She loved the story.Published 15 days ago by Rich Rawlinson
This is a beautiful book. The simplicity of the story while saying so much. And I have always loved Steven Kellogg. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Barbara A. Vinocur
Simple but profound the images and writing in this book encourage the reader to enjoy that season we call winter! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard and Liz
Beautiful story with very Beautiful artwork. Simple to read for younger kids and calming for the adults. Still need 3 more wordsPublished 18 months ago by L. A. Parris
I guess I was expecting a book that was a little clearer in the message presented. I bought it for my grand-daughter and read it to her. She didn't seem very interested in it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by A. T.