Flannel Kisses
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Flannel Kisses

by Mari Takabayashi, Linda Crotta Brennan

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The magical experiences of a cold and snowy winter’s day are woven together with rhyming text and captured in vibrant illustrations.  See more details below


The magical experiences of a cold and snowy winter’s day are woven together with rhyming text and captured in vibrant illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The simplest rhymes describe a snowy day of playing outside, with breaks to warm up over a bowl of hot soup or some freshly baked bread. Nostalgia dominates both Brennan's text and Takabayashi's (Rush Hour) cozy illustrations, in which the idyllic, plank-floored cottage is decorated with rag rugs, crocheted afghans and toys consisting of a puppet theater and rag dolls. While the text can be satisfying in its simplicity, the language lacks enough real interest to compensate for the absence of narrative. And it is so pared down that readers may need the illustrations to decipher the lines: while "Pile snowballs,/ Small on fat./ Crown icy head/ With fuzzy hat" is evident enough, "Stove and table,/ Hard-packed chair" requires the image of a tea party set-up around a stump to explain it. The wealth of detail and color in Takabayashi's densely patterned scenes counterbalances the spare text. While the book is essentially an affectionate composite of clichs about a snowy day, because the words are wrapped in scenes of such warmth and texture, this hand-sized volume may just be enough. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreSCharming watercolor drawings accompany the story of two children spending a winter day both indoors and out. After waking up to a chilly house and a warm breakfast, the youngsters dash outside to have fun building a snowman, throwing snowballs, etc. Then it's time to go back inside for some hot soup for lunch. After a quick break, they burrow in the snow, then have a tea party complete with a snowman guest. Finally, it's time for dinner and bed. This amusing story features a close-knit and loving family. With lighthearted, amusing rhyme, Brennan captures the joys children find in the simplest of pleasures. The text is well paired with the quiet and cozy illustrations. This gentle tale will find an appreciative audience during winter storyhours.Melissa Hudak, Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry, IL
Kirkus Reviews
A rhyming poem for the very young contrasts the warmth of indoor meals and clothing with the snowy arena of outdoor play.

From flannel sheets and cold floors to dry socks and slippery snowsuits, Brennan lines up two-word and three-word pairings in a basic rhyme scheme to form a small patchwork poem: "Pile snowballs/Small on fat./Crown icy head/With fuzzy hat" chronicles the building of a snowman. A single snowy day is the book's focus—the action consists of bundling and unbundling, warming up and freezing over again, from breakfast to bedtime. The tone is intentionally sweet and the watercolor pictures equally cozy, depicting braided rugs with sock monkeys strewn on the floor, and an ice-carved stove and tree-trunk table outdoors. Alternately frolicsome and homey, this is pleasant, but without the simple wonder found in Ezra Jack Keats's wintry classic, The Snowy Day (1963), as Peter drags a stick through the snow.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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(w) x (h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Mari Takabayashi was born in Tokyo, Japan, and studied at Otsuma Women’s College. She illustrated Flannel Kisses and Marshmallow Kisses and is the author and illustrator of I Live in Brooklyn and I Live in Toyko. She lives with her husband and their two children in New York.

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