Millie in the Snow

Millie in the Snow

by Alexander Steffensmeier
     
 

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Millie's new job as a mail cow keeps her very busy. Christmastime is especially hectic, and she can barely wait for the milking to be done before she's out delivering presents.

On Christmas Eve, at the end of a long day, the mail carrier sends Millie home with all the presents he's made for the farmer and the other animals. Only, Millie gets a bit confused by

Overview

Millie's new job as a mail cow keeps her very busy. Christmastime is especially hectic, and she can barely wait for the milking to be done before she's out delivering presents.

On Christmas Eve, at the end of a long day, the mail carrier sends Millie home with all the presents he's made for the farmer and the other animals. Only, Millie gets a bit confused by the snow-covered landscape. Suddenly everything looks the same, and the farm is nowhere in sight! Can Millie make it home to deliver the presents in time for Christmas? And more important, will the presents make it there in one piece?

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:
543,991
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 is also the author and illustrator of Millie Waits for the Mail, which Kirkus Reviews called "simply moo-velous" in a starred review. He studied illustration at the Munster School of Art and is currently a freelance designer for several publishing houses.

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