Simon et les Flocons de Neige

Simon et les Flocons de Neige

by Gilles Tibo
     
 

Simon, the little boy with impossible dreams, has charmed children around the world.

Simon books have appeared in Japanese, Chinese, Norwegian, Spanish, as well as French and English, have won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration in Canada and the Owl Prize in Japan, and were chosen for the prestigious Illustrators Exhibit in Bologna,

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Simon, the little boy with impossible dreams, has charmed children around the world.

Simon books have appeared in Japanese, Chinese, Norwegian, Spanish, as well as French and English, have won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration in Canada and the Owl Prize in Japan, and were chosen for the prestigious Illustrators Exhibit in Bologna, Italy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Simon loves to count, so when the first snow comes, he runs outside. But he meets the uncountable. Snowflakes fly about and come down too fast for counting. A snowman says there are as many snowflakes as there are stars in the sky, so Simon gets a ladder and plucks down stars to fill his toboggan. But the stars move across the sky, and elude him, too. The moon tells him there are as many stars in the sky as there are lights in the city. He takes his sled downhill to the city and tries counting lights, but they wink on and off. At last he goes to the forest to meet his friends (deer, rabbit, birds are pictured, and Simon bears gifts. A decked tree shines.) ``Some things I can count,'' he concludes, and the poetic implication is that he can ``count on'' friends. It's an affecting theme of trust, complemented by watercolors of soft, puddled colors against striking stylized backgrounds. Simon will amuse readers with his attempts to count the impossible. However, the story is more arch than poetic and readers may find that the lofty concerns of the story don't compensate for the meandering plot. Ages 3-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Carol A. Flowers
Award-winning Quebec artist Gilles Tibo has created a perfect fantasy for the young child. After trying in vain to count the snowflakes in a snowstorm, the stars in the sky and the lights in the city, little Simon realizes that the things he can count are the most important-his friends. Full page artwork with simple text on the facing pages, all presented on quality matte-finish paper, is nicely rendered in a child-friendly 7 x 9 inch format. Available in both French and in English. Other titles in the "Four Seasons" collection include Simon Welcomes Spring, Simon in Summer, and Simon and the Wind.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- A small boy sets out to count things in his environment: the snowflakes falling around him, the stars in the sky above him, and the lights in a large city. As expected, he finds the task impossible but he meets his friends in the forest and decides, ``Some things I can count.'' There is little lyricism in the text, but the airbrushed watercolor paintings are lovely and perfectly capture the quiet mood of a winter night. Quality illustrations backed by a mediocre story line. --Barbara S. McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, Md .

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ISBN-13:
9780887762192
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
12/01/1992
Series:
Simon Series

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