It's Snowing! It's Snowing!: Winter Poems

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From master of rhyme Jack Prelutsky comes a flurry of winter poetry just right to usher in the season of ice and snow!

A collection of more than a dozen poems that capture the excitement of winter.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christina Moore
The days are shorter, your shadow is bigger, and the first flakes of snow have begun to fall. When you go outside your mom makes you put on so many layers you look like the abominable snowman. In sixteen engaging poems, Jack Prelutsky captures the spirit of the child in all of us as he playfully describes some of the delights of the winter season. This marvelous poet has reined in his zaniness to suit the more barren winter landscape, although you catch a whiff of it now and then. The wonderful illustrations by Yossi Abolafia capture the author's firm grasp of seeing things from the child's perspective. A confident young reader could master these poems with a trip or two to the dictionary for a few challenging words.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-With new illustrations by Abolafia, this book has an updated, colorful appearance but the same kid-friendly poems as in the original edition (HarperCollins, 1984). The selections will still tickle funny bones: "There are glaciers in my stomach,/there is sleet inside my bones,/I am colder than the contents/of a million ice-cream cones" ("I Am Freezing!") and "I waddle, then I flop,/I'm the living, breathing model/of a walking clothing shop" ("My Mother's Got Me Bundled Up"). The quieter poems are just as appealing: "I wondered at the beauty/of its intricate design,/I breathed, the snowflake vanished,/but for moments, it was mine" ("A Snowflake Fell"). The watercolor-and-ink paintings are warm and filled with expressive faces and animated scenes. Young readers will enjoy this collection on their own, but the bouncing rhymes make the selections easy choices for readers theater presentations and for sharing aloud.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The magical excitement of winter is the focus of this entry in the I Can Read series from prolific poet Prelutsky, who offers 16 rhyming poems for children who are reading fluently on their own. The poems are set with a longer line length, and in large type with lots of white space between lines, giving the effect of an illustrated story rather than a poetry collection, and making this collection easier to read than most poetry for new readers. Most of the poems are humorous or just plain silly fun in Prelutsky's familiar fashion, but a few are more introspective, adding a touch of melancholy to the more exuberant offerings. The appealing illustrations by Abolafia follow one dark-haired little boy and his dog as they explore their wintry world: skating, throwing snowballs and creating a jolly snowman friend who is poignantly reduced to just a black hat, a carrot and lumps of coal on the final page. (Poetry. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060537173
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/13/2006
  • Series: I Can Read Book 3 Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 363,650
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

Yossi Abolafia is the illustrator of several I Can Read Books, including It's Snowing! It's Snowing!: Winter Poems by Jack Prelutsky, as well as Barbara Ann Porte's stories about Harry. He is also the author-illustrator of several of his own picture books, including Fox Tale and A Fish for Mrs. Gardenia. He lives with his family near Jerusalem.

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