Geraldine's Big Snow

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The irresistible Geraldine is back and impatient for the snow. "Little ones who have awaited their own snowstorms will appreciate Geraldine's anticipation as well as the story's wry humor....An enticing story hour choice."—Booklist.

Author Biography: Holly Keller, author-artist of That's Mine, Horace, has written more than twenty books and illustrated as many written by other people. Among the most popular of her picture books are two previous books about Horace, Horace and ...

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The irresistible Geraldine is back and impatient for the snow. "Little ones who have awaited their own snowstorms will appreciate Geraldine's anticipation as well as the story's wry humor....An enticing story hour choice."—Booklist.

Author Biography: Holly Keller, author-artist of That's Mine, Horace, has written more than twenty books and illustrated as many written by other people. Among the most popular of her picture books are two previous books about Horace, Horace and Brave Horace, and several books about the feisty pig Geraldine. She is the mother of two grown children and lives with her pediatrician husband in Connecticut.In Her Own Words...

"Although I didn't realize that I was launching a wonderful career that would develop many years later, I wrote my first book for children when I was a senior at Hunter High School in New York City. Accepting the offer of my Latin teacher for me to do an extra translation to improve my grade, I produced a fully illustrated dummy of Little Red Riding Hood-in Latin, and set in the appropriate period of history. I also didn't know that it would be a long time before my artistic and intellectual interests would work together side by side quite so neatly again.

"I went to Sarah Lawrence College planning to study art, and ended up with a concentration in American history. I earned a Master's degree in history at Columbia University but never gave up my longing to draw and paint. Some years later I took a class in printmaking at Manhattanville College, and it was there that everything started to come together. I was working on a series of etchings illustrating a tale by Rudyard Kipling, and my very wise teacher, John Ross, suggested children's books.

"By then I was the mother of two small children and lived with my pediatrician husband in a rural town in Connecticut. I used whatever quiet hours I could find to put together a portfolio, and what little energy remained to take a course in illustration at the Parsons School of Design. I arrived at Greenwillow in 1981 with a pile of drawings for stories that existed somewhere in my head. Susan Hirschman pulled one out and told me to go home and write the story-in a week, no less! Well, somehow I did it, and the sense of unity I had felt back in Latin class was mine again.

"Since that first book, which was called Cromwell's Glasses, there have been many, many stories. Some come from my own childhood (frequently changed just enough to make them turn out more to my liking!), some come from the experiences of my children, and, more recently, some have come from the places to which I have traveled.

"In all the years that I have been writing and illustrating children's books, it has never felt like work. Each new book brings me to a place I have never been before, and I am always excited and happy to be there."

Geraldine can't wait for the snow to come so that she can coast down the hill on her sled.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rumor that a a big storm is on the way has Geraldine preparing for a foot of snow. She has her sled down and her boots by the door. Outside, her neighbors are also getting ready: buying food, checking out library books and filling up the bird feeder. The snow doesn't come and Geraldine sadly goes to bed. But the next morning the snowplow wakes her, and she sails down the hill on her sled, just like she had planned. The color of Keller's pre-storm sky is a perfect blue-gray; the preparations of family and friends for snow, through Geraldine's eyes, bring a cozy glow to the big freeze. Last seen in Geraldine's Blanket , this saucy pig heroine is full of her usual high spirits, and children will appreciate her impatient request for a weather report from her mother: ``Tell me again what Papa heard on the radio.'' Ages 4-up. (August)
Children's Literature - Sharon Tolle
Geraldine can't wait for the big snow to come. She has big plans that include her sled and the highest hill in the park. Her sled is ready. Her boots are near the door. She has put on her hat and jacket but still no snow. Finally when Geraldine can no longer keep her eyes open and she falls asleep, the snow comes. This is a delightful story that shows how hard being patient can be when you are really looking forward to something. It would be a great addition to a classroom library to read when students are anxious about an upcoming event such as Christmas, a birthday or any important time. The watercolors used for the full-colored illustrations are soft and add to the feel of a wintry day.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Like most young children, plump pig Geraldine waits with impatient anticipation for the first big snowstorm of the season. While the neighbors go about their preparations, stocking shelves and supplementing leisure reading supplies, Geraldine gazes longingly at the still-dry sky. Geraldine is a winning character, as are her animal neighbors. Readers will see and feel her frustration, impatience, and final satisfaction as the snow does indeed fall, and she gets her long-awaited sled ride. With its soft, clean colors and illustrations large enough for group sharing, this is the perfect choice to pair with Keats' The Snowy Day (Viking, 1962) for a winter story session for toddlers. It's fresh, appealing, and perfectly delightful. Trev Jones, ``School Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688161644
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 MULBERRY
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.11 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2002

    Winter Fun

    This fun and light hearted book indroduces us to Geraldine, a friendly pig. Geraldine is waiting to experience her first big snow fall. She seems to wait forever,wondering if she will ever see snow. Will she ever be able to play in the snow? You'll have to read to find out. A great book for children ages 3-6.

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