Mama, Will It Snow Tonight?

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Three mothers and their little ones wait for winter's first snowfall. The last leaves of autumn are falling. The wind is blowing and the bushes are bare. The earth is ready for winter, and so are three mothers—a fox, a hare, and a human—whose young ones anxiously await the first snow of winter. Each evening they ask their mothers the same question: "Mama, will it snow tonight?" The snow may not come this night, but soon, when the moon looks right, the mothers know the snow will ...

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Overview

Three mothers and their little ones wait for winter's first snowfall. The last leaves of autumn are falling. The wind is blowing and the bushes are bare. The earth is ready for winter, and so are three mothers—a fox, a hare, and a human—whose young ones anxiously await the first snow of winter. Each evening they ask their mothers the same question: "Mama, will it snow tonight?" The snow may not come this night, but soon, when the moon looks right, the mothers know the snow will fall.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
The title of this book is a question young children ask in anticipation of the wonder of newly fallen snow. Carlstrom adds a little twist here by having a fox kit and a bunny asking their mothers the same question as the human child. Carlstrom's text has a poetic rhythm to it, and some lovely phrasing, such as, "the hazy-lazy, fuzzy moon." The illustrations, done in oils, flesh out the brief text. We see the animals and the human mother and child in the late autumn meadow waiting for the snowfall. Each has made its own winter preparations. The foxes' fur has thickened, the rabbits' fur has turned white, and the humans have put up jam for the winter. The senses are involved, too: "It smells like snow./ It sounds like snow./ It feels like snow." This is a good, quiet read aloud for preschoolers. With its repetition and simple, brief text it is also a good story for beginning readers. Consider this for a preschool storyhour with a "getting ready for winter" theme. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS—A bunny, a baby fox, and a little girl eagerly await the first snowfall of winter, asking if it will happen that night. The foxes are ready; their fur is thick. The rabbits' brown fur has turned winter white; they are ready. And the humans have picked their berries and made the jams they will eat during the winter. They are ready, too. After the mothers look up at the moon, they tell their little ones that, indeed, it will snow tonight. The text is spare, with the title question repeated many times. The result is a thin story with attractive art. Tong's oil illustrations are simple with a distinctly nippy air. This book could be used with preschoolers to introduce the changing seasons.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
Kirkus Reviews
Three children-a fox, a rabbit and a human girl-each ask their respective Mamas the title question. Carlstrom's gently repetitive, more-or-less rhythmic delivery abets a sense of inevitability to the proceedings, appropriately: "The wind is brrrr. / The bushes bare. / The berries picked." Even though the Mamas' initial answers are in the negative, they help their children see the signs that indicate the arrival of winter: "Our fur is thick. / Our brown turns white. / Our jam is made." Tong's fuzzy-edged oils complement the soft text appropriately, but all together the result is more doughy than cuddly. The text lacks the infectious quality of the author's Jesse Bear books, and the composition and execution of most of the illustrations are only adequate. Highly additional. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590785621
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Tong is the illustrator of Some Babies Sleep by Cynthia Cotton and Pecos Bill by Stephen Krensky. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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