Dream Snow

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It's December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter's nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket.

But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a ...

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Overview

It's December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter's nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket.

But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children everywhere.

"Few in number are the parents who have made it through their toddler's years on just one copy of Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Dream Snow has similar ingredients: a simple story, lively collage-like illustrations and a fun gimmick for little hands . . ." —Time

"This is a simple, well-told story about a simple farmer. . . . Viewers. . . will want to get their hands on it." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Carle fans and toddlers learning the basics will . . . enjoy the gentle text and creative design features." —Booklist

"The pictures are in Carle's trademark richly colored and textured collages that capture the snowy magic of Christmas." —Kirkus Reviews

In this musical and sound effects book, a farmer celebrates Christmas after the first snowfall.

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Editorial Reviews

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Uncover a world of snowy wonders in Eric Carle's first Christmas book ever; it's a visual -- and musical -- delight! In this gorgeous, joyous book, an old farmer settles down for nap on December 24th, wondering how Christmas can come when it hasn't snowed yet. In his dream, he imagines snowflakes covering him and his animals, and when he awakens, it really has snowed. When he puts on his red suit and goes outside to put some gifts under the tree, it's a truly magical Christmas. By pressing a button near the tree, kids can hear a surprising musical treat.
Children's Literature
Eric Carle claimed that he would never write a Christmas book, but the idea for a story pushed its way into his consciousness and resulted in Dream Snow. A farmer lived a very quiet life with his animals named One, Two, Three, Four and Five. He cared for them and then spent his evenings relaxing with a cup of hot tea and honeyed bread. One Christmas Eve he fell asleep and dreamed that he and all of his animals were covered with a blanket of snow. Acetate overlays with snow flakes and a blanket of snow cover each of the animals as the story progresses. When he woke up the world was indeed covered with snow. The farmer dressed warmly in his red jacket and black boots and proceeded to set out presents for his animals under a tree that he had decorated. On the last page, kids push a button and get a little tune to accompany the visual feast. A charming story filled with plenty of wonderful signature Carle collages. 2000, Philomel, $21.99. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Richard Corliss
Dream Snow has similar ingredients [to Carle's other books]: a simple story, lively collage-like illustrations and a fun gimmick for little hands.
Time
Kirkus Reviews
The venerable and prolific Carle (Hello, Red Fox, 1998, etc.) offers a quiet Christmas story with a little music at the end. A farmer lives alone on a small farm with so few animals that he calls them One, Two, Three, Four, and Five. Oh, he also has a tree named Tree. One night near Christmas he falls asleep in his favorite chair after his peppermint tea, and dreams that he is covered in a white blanket. On successive pages, One the horse, Two the Cow, Three the sheep, and so on are each covered in a snowflake blanket, accomplished by an acetate page of flakes and an amorphous shape that when turned reveals the animal. When the farmer awakes and finds it has snowed for real, he dresses himself warmly, decorates Tree, and strews gifts for all five animals under it. When he shouts "Merry Christmas to all!" he pushes a button that children can push, producing a lovely Yuletide tinkle. The pictures are in Carle's trademark richly colored and textured collages that capture the snowy magic of Christmas. Adults may be charmed to see that Carle dedicates the book to Barry Moser, who modeled for the farmer, although from the photo on the back cover Carle and Moser could pass for brothers with their shiny pates and neat white beards. Cotton candy. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399235795
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 37,893
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.53 (w) x 10.54 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle
Eric Carle
Children learn about the natural world in Eric Carle's original, charming books, which include classics such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Carle's vivid tissue-paper illustrations and innovations in book design have made him an author whose longevity and continued popularity are testaments to his beloved status among young readers and parents.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Dream Snow

    Eric Carle has written some very good books and Dream Snow is another bound to become another Classic. We purchase a copy for each of my childrens families. This another "heirloom" and must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Best Christmas Book

    Wonderful book for children. The best book out there for Christmas!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    must have for a preschooler's christmas

    eric carle is amazing and unique!i loved the concept of this book, as well as Carle's language and illustrations. it's a dream!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    A must in a child's library

    This book is a must to add to anyone's collection. It has brought so much joy to my children (ages 2 and 3) that we read it all year round. Children of all ages love this book, and I have to say, as an adult, I find this book magical. My sister got it for my oldest when he was a year old and it immediately became his favorite. I have even considered buying another one, so each of them can have their own. I do plan on purchasing one for my soon-to-be nephew, as a Christmas gift this year. I think the end brings out the child in all of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    ALL KIDS WOULD INJOY THIS BOOK ALL AGES

    Kids dream of snow during the christmas vacation and also to have a white christmas. the reason that little kids like the snow is because the like to build snow men and make snow angels.the reason that i say that is to make the parents so amd because the kids drags the snow into the house after they come in from the snowy day outside. after the kids come in the parents say to the kids to take you little rear ends up stairs and take your close of and put dry ones on and let your mother wash you wet close for you. after you get all finished come back down so mom can fix you all a bowl of tomato soup and some sandwitches after you all get done up stairs.

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