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When the girls with the blue hat, yellow hat, and red hat wake to a worldcovered in white, they hurry outside to play. What could be more fun than a day spent building a snow house with your sisters? Little do they know it, but their happiness is also warming the lonely heart of a neighbor lady whose own sisters moved away long ago.

A cold day gives way to warm surprises as Andrea Cheng gives voice to the magic of sisterhood, a bond that lasts...

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Overview

When the girls with the blue hat, yellow hat, and red hat wake to a worldcovered in white, they hurry outside to play. What could be more fun than a day spent building a snow house with your sisters? Little do they know it, but their happiness is also warming the lonely heart of a neighbor lady whose own sisters moved away long ago.

A cold day gives way to warm surprises as Andrea Cheng gives voice to the magic of sisterhood, a bond that lasts a lifetime.

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Children's Literature
Our narrator, who is "an old lady" now, still feels her toes tingle when snow has fallen, just as they did when she was young. She watches three young girls playing outside in the snow, just as she used to with her sisters Rita and Mae. Remembering how they had made real lemon ices in the snow with sugar and lemon juice from lemons their mother cut for them, she cuts lemons and invites the girls to make lemon ices too. Then, tired and cold and missing her faraway sisters, she goes to bed. What a surprise she has when the girls arrive at her door to wish her a Happy Birthday. Then the little girls present her with another surprise, for her best birthday in her eighty years. This rather sentimental tale, perhaps more for adults than children, is appropriately visualized in loosely painted watercolor and gouache scenes which incorporate collage pieces for patterned clothes. These add individuality to the wearers and esthetic sparkle to the fanciful tale. A small black dog, unmentioned in the text, intrudes into every scene, also contributing to the light-hearted fun. Mai-Wyss effectively manages to blend the two sets of sisters into a jolly company. 2006, G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-An elderly woman watches from her window as three young sisters play outside in the snow. She reminisces about the times long ago when she did the same with her own siblings, Rita and Mae. After opening the door and offering lemon and sugar to the children, the woman tells them how to make lemon ice. Later in the day, Rita and Mae make a surprise visit for their sister's 80th birthday. The girls help celebrate by preparing a snow party complete with a snow cake, snow chairs, and the best lemon ices ever. Mai-Wyss's attractive illustrations, done in watercolor, gouache, and collage, are filled with colorful patterns, from woolen knit caps and other items of clothing to bright checkered tablecloths and various interior details. Endpapers featuring a sheet of notebook paper with a rebus recipe for making lemon ices extend the reading experience. Despite the snowy backdrop, this book leaves readers with a warm glow inside.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Three elderly sisters reunite, and revisit their youthful playfulness, by connecting with a trio of imaginative neighbor girls. After a heavy snowfall, the narrator awakes to the outdoor play-acting of three little sisters. Their activity sparks memories, and she offers them her childhood recipe for lemon ice made from snow, complete with a bag of sugar and cut-up lemons. Suddenly sad and cold in her empty house, she retreats to bed, only to be roused by the knock of her far-flung sisters, home to surprise her for her birthday. Not to be outdone, the little girls ("We have big ears") invite the women outside for a surprise of their own: a regal snow chair and lemon ice for each. The subject (elder ennui) and narrative elements (first-person present tense shifts to past tense for reminiscences) seem more suited for older readers. Nonetheless, Mai-Wyss's illustrations, a cheerful mix of watercolor, gouache and collaged paper, serve to leaven and brighten the scenes. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399240232
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/19/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2009

    One of the absolute sweetest stories ever!

    My 2 year old son picked this out at the library. It is the sweetest story and makes you feel really good inside. My husband even liked it and he doesn't usually listen when I read to our son. It is a definite heart warmer! It is just an all around NICE book.

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