Look! Snow!

Look! Snow!

by Kathryn Osebold Galbraith, Nina Montezinos
     
 

The children of McCormick school are working at their desks when suddenly a girl glances up. "Look! Snow!"

And so the joyful anticipation of the first snowfall of the year begins--an excitement shared not only by the children, but by their teacher and bus driver as well. Will it snow all day? Will it snow all night? What will the morning bring?

As soon as they

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Overview

The children of McCormick school are working at their desks when suddenly a girl glances up. "Look! Snow!"

And so the joyful anticipation of the first snowfall of the year begins--an excitement shared not only by the children, but by their teacher and bus driver as well. Will it snow all day? Will it snow all night? What will the morning bring?

As soon as they awake, the girl and her little brother run to look. a dazzling, magical day greets them--and the reader--a magical day that has transformed an ordinary school day that had transformed an ordinary school day into a wondrous snow day! For children and grown-ups alike, the day becomes a celebration of snowballs and snow angels, skiing and sledding. As the day ends, the magic lingers, with hot chocolate and warms fires and a hint of what the new morning will bring.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This book's minimal text (the title phrase and a school cancellation announcement on the radio) gives full rein to the colorful, swirling images of first-time illustrator Montezinos. From the initial scene of the youngsters snug in their classroom to the outdoor scenes of them sledding and making angels in the snow, this impressionistic work suggests the perspective of children intoxicated by the season's first snowfall. Particularly effective is the center spread, which depicts two siblings seeing the snow-laden landscape for the first time in the morning: everything seems weighted down by a blanket of white. The warm, richly hued colored-pencil pictures are reminiscent of Deborah Kogan Ray's work; however, Montezinos's paintings are driven by unusual perspectives, which give the book a particular sense of movement. A fresh glimpse of a familiar occurrence. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Excitement about a potential snow day begins in the classroom on a winter afternoon. Snow continues through the night, and finally the welcome report of school closing is broadcast on television. Then the day is given to sledding, making snow angels, and sipping cocoa. Because the story is almost wordless, it may take several readings of the pictures to discover that the teacher and the bus driver enjoy the unexpected holiday as much as the children do. But Montezinos's colored-pencil and oil-stick pictures are certainly worth more than one look. She helps readers share the delight and enthusiasm a large snowfall generates. The book will be ideal for story hours as it will spark recollections of past winter experiences and stir anticipation for possible snow days to come. --Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Ellen Mandel
All eyes are drawn to the classroom windows when the excited cry goes out, "Look! Snow!" By the time the children go home, fat flakes are swirling fiercely, and when the next morning's TV news announces school closings, the children race outside to relish their snow day. Almost wordless, this celebration of the season's first big snowfall is bathed in the lush textures and intense hues of Montezinos' colored pencil and oil-stick art, which evokes the heavy dampness of the air and of the earth's snow blanket. The artist's alluring perspectives draw readers into the action; for example, transporting them onto the school bus, where young bodies strain toward the windows in their eagerness to get outside and play. The final page shows a young girl's triumphant anticipation as her bedtime look out the window reveals new snow falling and holds the promise of yet another snow day to come. Like Keats' classic "Snowy Day", "Look! Snow!" captures the excitement and joy a fresh snowfall holds for children of all ages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689505515
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
10/31/1992
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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