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Millie in the Snow
     

Millie in the Snow

by Alexander Steffensmeier
 

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Millie loves being a mail cow even more than she used to love scaring the mail carrier. And helping him deliver the town's holiday presents is the highlight of her winter. She does such a good job that the mail carrier trusts Millie to deliver his gifts to everyone on the farm. But when she gets lost on her way back, Millie wonders if she'll ever make it home to

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Millie loves being a mail cow even more than she used to love scaring the mail carrier. And helping him deliver the town's holiday presents is the highlight of her winter. She does such a good job that the mail carrier trusts Millie to deliver his gifts to everyone on the farm. But when she gets lost on her way back, Millie wonders if she'll ever make it home to deliver the rest of the gifts. Luckily, the farm was right beneath her nose-and the snow-the whole time. Now if only those presents could make it to their rightful owners . . . and in one piece.

This heartwarming story will hit home with any kid who's ever been lost-or only thought she was-and will keep the laughs coming as readers enjoy the silly illustrations of Millie and her farmyard friends.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Millie, the mail cow, is excited about Christmas. She loves to deliver all of the extra cards and packages at this time of year. After the deliveries on Christmas Eve, the mail carrier sends her home with presents for the farmer and the other animals. However, Millie becomes lost in the snow and is terrified by what she perceives to be a monster. In her haste to flee, she makes a spectacular appearance home, delivering somewhat damaged gifts to her friends. But when the mail carrier comes for punch, he finds everyone enjoying the festive occasion even though some of his gifts have been put to strange uses. Double page spreads provide multiple images of the mail carrier making gifts and Millie trying to find her way home in the snow. Her antics are quite humorous. This is a cute story that conveys the spirit of Christmas giving. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Millie, last seen in Millie Waits for the Mail (Walker, 2007), is asked by the mail carrier to deliver his homemade Christmas gifts to the farmer and the other animals at her farm. After a series of mishaps through the deep snow, the disheveled cow finally makes it home with the presents-but because the tags were lost, the gifts get mixed up to humorous but happy effect (the chicks use the dog's basket as a toy castle; Millie uses the farmer's coffeepot cover as an udder warmer). The full-page color illustrations are absolutely hysterical and filled with tiny details that will reward careful scrutiny; the animals in particular have complex and satisfying lives, to judge by all their activities and accoutrements. An absolute must for warm Christmas chuckles.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Millie, the delightfully different bovine star of Millie Waits for the Mail (2007), returns for another adventure, but this time she is helping the mail carrier instead of scaring him. Together they deliver letters and packages through deep snow on Christmas Eve day, and at day's end Millie's sent home with a box of handmade presents for everyone at her farm. Poor Millie loses her way in the snow, and in a hilarious sequence of slips and slides, she falls off a snow-covered roof and lands-kersplat!-in her own front yard, spilling the gifts everywhere. The droll final spread depicts all the farm animals and their presents, with Millie holding court in her new udder warmer, all four feet and her tail soaking in buckets of hot water. The tale offers dramatic pacing and a dry wit, but the illustrations, especially those of Millie in motion, are laugh-out-loud funny. Sharp-eyed children will delight in the antics of the other farm animals tucked away in the busy spreads, but "moo-velous" Millie in her woolen cap is the star of this show. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802798008
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Series:
Millie's Misadventures Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
691,811
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Alexander Steffensmeier was born in 1977 and grew up in a small village in Westphalia, Germany. He studied illustration in the design department of the Münster School of Arts. Since 2003 he has been working as a freelance illustrator for several publishing houses. www.alexandersteffensmeier.de.

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