It Feels like Snow

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Alice doesn't need a weather forecast to tell if it's going to snow. She can feel it in her toes and elbows and nose. Each time she feels a twitch or a tingle, she warns her neighbors. "There's snow coming," she tells Etta and Gretta Grillo. "I can feel it in my toe!" Like Alice's other neighbors, the Grillo sisters laugh and ignore her warning. But sure enough, the snow falls and catches everyone by surprise--everyone that is except Alice, who has loaded in her supplies. But now she feels a big snowstorm ...
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Alice doesn't need a weather forecast to tell if it's going to snow. She can feel it in her toes and elbows and nose. Each time she feels a twitch or a tingle, she warns her neighbors. "There's snow coming," she tells Etta and Gretta Grillo. "I can feel it in my toe!" Like Alice's other neighbors, the Grillo sisters laugh and ignore her warning. But sure enough, the snow falls and catches everyone by surprise--everyone that is except Alice, who has loaded in her supplies. But now she feels a big snowstorm coming. And still her neighbors ignore her warnings. What will Alice do? The weather in Nancy Cote's adorable story may be chilly, but its heroine has a big, warm heart. Young readers will enjoy visiting with Alice and her friends, in weather snowy or clear.

Alice doesn't need a weather forecast to tell if it's going to snow. She can feel it in her toes and elbows and nose. The weather in Cote's adorable story may be chilly, but its heroine has a big, warm heart.

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All of Alice's fellow senior citizens say she's a "silly old woman" because she firmly believes her throbbing bones and joints are harbingers of snow. But she's right. When her toe throbs, it snows ankle-deep; when her nose tingles, the flakes reach everyone's knees. When a blizzard socks in the town, she alone is prepared, but takes no satisfaction in being proved right yet again. She invites everyone over for hot soup and a cozy fire, and her unstinting hospitality prompts apologies from her friends and forges a consensus: "No one ever again thought of her as a silly old woman with nothing to do but worry." Although kids may not naturally gravitate toward a book populated chiefly by cranky elders, they will likely be able to identify with someone who's "tired of being laughed at... tired of being ignored." Cote's (illustrator of The Can-Do Thanksgiving) cartoony illustrations give Alice an eager smile, whimsical wardrobe (a big red hat, bunny slippers, gaily patterned clothing) and a menagerie of pets-including a hearth-loving cow-all of which help make her an inviting reader-surrogate. Ages 5-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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It all starts one day when Alice's toe begins to throb. She knows this is a sign of snow, and so Alice warns her neighbors, Etta and Greta Grillo. Alice goes to buy a snow shovel, but the Grillo sisters do not believe her, and they are unprepared when the snow comes. Several days later, Alice's nose begins to tingle. She knows this, too, is a sign of snow, and she warns her neighbor, Mr. Bean ... and so it goes. Each time Alice gets a physical sign that snow is on the way, she tells someone who does not believe her, and Alice prepares for snow while they don't. When the worst snow comes, Alice and her friends are reunited with warm food in front of a cozy fire at Alice's house and all is well. Young and old readers alike should enjoy this somewhat silly tale of snow and skepticism. Cote's illustrations involve not only the human inhabitants of Alice's world, but also the animal; readers are sure to chuckle at the picture of Alice's cow snuggling under a blanket during the final big snow. 2003, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 4 to 8.
— Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A throbbing toe, a tingle in her nose, or a clicking elbow lets Alice know when snow is on the way. She has faith in her ability to predict the weather but her neighbors do not. So while she stocks up on supplies, they remain unprepared. By the third storm, she becomes concerned for her friends and invites them over to share in her warm home and plentiful provisions. Contrite, they bring gifts to alleviate her aching bones and vow never again to think of her as "a silly old woman with nothing to do but worry." The story line is fresh and original with a repetitive structure that works. Alice is a crickety old lady and yet she shovels her own walk and chops her own wood. The illustrations both add to and detract from the book. On the plus side, the extended family of cats, a dog, a cow, and two white ducks that follow Alice everywhere add childlike humor to the tale and draw readers in. The people, on the other hand, with their jowled faces and rickety hands, are awkward and amateurishly drawn. They look like cartoon caricatures of the elderly, at odds with the fully realized backdrops. The artwork also adds an element of disbelief; snow melts completely between each storm, going from knee-deep snow to pristine green fields with the turn of a page. This book has its quirks, but only some of them will attract readers.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590780541
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author


Nancy Cote is the illustrator of thirteen picture books and has authored three of them. She lives in Somerset, Massachusetts.
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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    Gotta love Alice!

    The comical illustrations in this book are a treat for adults as well as the children. Sensible, self sufficient Alice is a hoot as she shovels snow, chops wood and rides a cow to the market for bread & milk, even if the neighbors think she's a 'silly old woman'. From the details in Alice's clothing to her animal menagerie, we can find something new in this book every night.

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