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Comment: Ex-library book. The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. All pages and cover are intact (including the dust cover, if applicable). Spine may show signs of wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting.
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Snowflakes Fall Hardcover – October 29, 2013

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PreS-Gr 3–A gentle picture book created as tribute to the victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In his dedication, Kellogg expresses his hope that this book “celebrates the laughter, the playful high spirits, and the uniqueness of the children of Sandy Hook and of children everywhere.” And indeed, the image of falling snowflakes–“Flake/After flake/After flake/Each one a pattern/All its own–/No two the same–/All beautiful”–makes an affecting metaphor. MacLachlan's lyrical and understated poem describes snowflakes swirling “together/Like the voices of children” to blanket backyards and sleeping gardens, rolling countryside, and the town's familiar sites. Though a nighttime storm may bring shadows that “darken dreams,” morning always comes again, revealing a shining world and the opportunity to play outdoors. In springtime, “when the flowers bloom/The children remember the snowflakes/And we remember the children–/No two the same–/All beautiful.” Throughout, Kellogg's paintings dazzle with brightly clad kids joyfully romping through winter scenes. As flowers bloom, some of the youngsters dance into a still-snowy sky, and the back endpaper shows a row of 20 snow angels taking flight from a moonlit hillside and soaring into the heavens. Accentuating the rebirth found in nature's cycle, text and images depict the process of healing and renewal, the comfort of memory, and the power of hope. Adults can share this book to address tragic events, discuss grief and the recovery process, and remind children of the precious beauty of life.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journalα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* This peaceful offering begins on the endpapers with a happy scene of children peeking-out amid flowers and trees. As the eye pans across the spread, the seasons change—autumn leaves, then snowflakes, float down. The book begins its powerful meditation on the cycle of life. Readers will savor the beautifully paced descriptions as well as the delightful panoramas of children playing in the snow. Together, the poem and evocative watercolors tug at deeper emotions. Even as MacLachlan describes the flakes—Each one a pattern / All its own— / No two the same— / All beautiful—readers intuit she is also celebrating the children. In the extended metaphor, icy flakes strike the window pane in the dark, causing fright, but the morning promises to be brilliant. When rain, as it must in nature, washes the snow away, it helps summer flowers grow. Youngsters are left with joyful memories of snow angels and winter fun. This is a graceful homage to the inevitable seasons of life and remembrances of loved ones and times past. Whether or not they are familiar with loss and grief, children will feel the healing power of this hopeful, uplifiting book. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: These stellar talents were moved to create this book by the events in Connecticut and have dedicated it to the communities in Newtown. Preschool-Grade 2. --Jeanne McDermott
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385376936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385376938
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the help of beautiful illustrations by Stephen Kellogg, MacLachlan has written both a touching (and subtle) tribute to the events that occurred in Newtown on December 14th, 2012, and a wonderful story that speaks to - and helps us all understand - loss in a more peaceful and loving way. Especially good for children, this is a great book to help ease the pain of any type of loss, not just a death.
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Snowflakes Fall
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.
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I have long been a fan of Steven Kellogg. He is also gifted as a collaborator with authors. Snowflakes Fall does not need a story line. It is as fragile and precious and momentary as the snowflake metaphor for our very brief time on earth. I was brought to tears, remembering those children and brave teachers who will forever be locked in time in the winter of 2012, never to enjoy the Spring. But, this book offers us a path to a loving memory of these lives lost and I am very grateful to both the author and illustrator.
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As a fan of Steven Kellogg and neighbor of Sandy Hook, CT, I prepurchased Snowflakes Fall knowing it would be a good keepsake marking the great loss suffered last December.
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.
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The story starts with “After the flowers are gone” and comes full circle with “And when the flowers bloom” revealing how the snowflakes melt and change into water that nourishes the earth and helps the seeds grow into beautiful spring flowers. Just like we have no control over where our voice travels, we have no control over where snowflakes land or change begins in our lives. Children are just like snowflakes, irreplaceable one-of-a-kind, and precious to behold and remember.

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.
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“Snowflakes Fall” by Patricia Maclachlan is book for children that teaches how each person is different and special in that diversity just as no two snowflakes no matter how similar they look, they’re never the same.

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…
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