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Snow is falling. All the animals are fast asleep in their animal homes. They awake. They open their eyes. They sniff. They run. What will they find?

1950 Caldecott Honor Book

Snow is falling. All the animals are fast asleep in their animal homes. Slowly they awake. They open their eyes and sniff. They run. And in the middle of the forest they find a bright yellow flower growing in the snow--and ...

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Snow is falling. All the animals are fast asleep in their animal homes. They awake. They open their eyes. They sniff. They run. What will they find?

1950 Caldecott Honor Book

Snow is falling. All the animals are fast asleep in their animal homes. Slowly they awake. They open their eyes and sniff. They run. And in the middle of the forest they find a bright yellow flower growing in the snow--and they dance and laugh with joy at this first sign of spring.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060233952
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1949
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ruth Krauss (1901-1993) is the author of over thirty books for children, including the classics The Carrot Seed, illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson, and A Hole Is to Dig, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. "Ruth Krauss's intuitive ability as a writer to capture the free-spirited thought processes and laughter of young children ensures her books' widespread acceptance and timeless appeal." So concludes her entry in children's Books and Their Creators (1995).

Marc Simont was born in 1915 in Paris. His parents were from the Catalonia region of Spain, and his childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. Encouraged by his father, Joseph Simont, an artist and staff illustrator for the magazine L'Illustration, Marc Simont drew from a young age. Though he later attended art school in Paris and New York, he considers his father to have been his greatest teacher.

When he was nineteen, Mr. Simont settled in America permanently, determined to support himself as an artist. His first illustrations for a children's book appeared in 1939. Since then, Mr. Simont has illustrated nearly a hundred books, working with authors as diverse as Margaret Wise Brown and James Thurber. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day, and in in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry.

Internationally acclaimed for its grace, humor, and beauty, Marc Simont's art is in collections as far afield at the Kijo Picture Book Museum in Japan, but the honor he holds most dear is having been chosen as the 1997 Illustrator of the Year in his native Catalonia. Mr. Simont and his wife have one grown son, two dogs and a cat. They live in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Marc Simont's most recent book is The Stray Dog.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    This book is priceless

    Tbis is the first book my daughter read on her own at the age of four. The look of sheer joy when she realized that she could read was priceless and she hasn't stopped since.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    A new beginning

    When the winter animals all find this flower it's just like children on Christmas when they find their presents and also discover, though not psychologically, that the world and their lives will continue. It's a new beginning for animals because earth has resumed, a new beginning for children since their lives haven't changed and a new beginning for, hopefully, reading parents that they still have a job after company cutbacks. Believe me, I've lived through this and there's nothing worse than facing your child on a holiday than the day after you've been layed off. This book is of hope, trust and security - blessed be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2000

    The First Book I Learned to Read Alone!

    This was the first book I ever read on my own. After all these years I remember the story as if it were yesterday! This will be the first story I teach my own children to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 1999

    A very Happy Day

    This is the first book I ever read. It's a great one for first time readers. It has a postive outlook... something good is always just around the corner.

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