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Snow
     

Snow

by Clark Joan, Kady MacDonald Denton (Illustrator)
 

Snow falls all day. Snow falls all week. Snow falls all month! Sammy’s world is a blanket of white. As he clambers up the heaps and mountains of snow, he imagines what might lie beneath — whales and seals, a black bear and her cubs, or could there be elves mining rubies and emeralds? Finally, the weather turns warm and the snow begins to melt, and Sammy

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Snow falls all day. Snow falls all week. Snow falls all month! Sammy’s world is a blanket of white. As he clambers up the heaps and mountains of snow, he imagines what might lie beneath — whales and seals, a black bear and her cubs, or could there be elves mining rubies and emeralds? Finally, the weather turns warm and the snow begins to melt, and Sammy finds a green surprise. In this simple, atmospheric book, author Joan Clark and illustrator Kady MacDonald Denton create a paean to that magical substance that enchants the eyes of children in winter.

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Children's Literature - Barbara Youngblood
This would be a great read while you are all snuggled up watching it snow this winter. Sammy imagines it snows for an entire month. He sees amazing sights as he is finally able to see outside and then imagines what lies beneath all of the snow. Bears, seals, wooly mammoths, a ship locked in the ice, Eskimos, Northern lights, and Santa Claus, too. Sammy keeps on imagining until all that remains of the snow is a small block that he is standing on. The watercolor illustrations are a wonderful addition to the story. Both author and illustrator are Canadian citizens with many awards for their previous works. They have collaborated on another fine book that will bring a smile to reader's faces.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-One cold winter, snow drifts down for an entire month, covering the land, trees, and buildings in piles of the white stuff. Sammy climbs to the roof of his house and imagines what might be happening under the frigid mounds, conjuring up fanciful scenarios. Beginning with more realistic daydreams, including bears hibernating and seals swimming, his imagination expands to more far-fetched scenes that include moles drinking soda and tea, Santa creating in his workshop, and elves mining rubies and emeralds. As the season warms and the snow melts, the boy's thoughts turn to spring. The artwork outshines the quiet story. Pleasant watercolor-and-ink illustrations, with charcoal and some oil-stick accents, deftly reveal the various possibilities that Sammy ponders. The variety of techniques used, including a style that resembles scratchboard, creates texture and interest. An additional purchase.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It has been snowing continuously for a whole month. When it finally stops, "trees and houses disappeared / shovelers and plows appeared." Sammy emerges from his house, climbs a snow mountain and imagines what could be beneath the white peaks and cliffs. From a big black bear and her cubs in a cave, to a wooly mammoth, to ruby- and emerald-mining dwarves and elves, to moles drinking ice-cream sodas, Sammy climbs and conjures a new dream each day. When the warm sunshine finally melts all but a small island of snow, Sammy imagines a new vision of grass. Mixed-media watercolor-ink-oil-charcoal paintings in soft wintry blues illuminate a lackluster story of a young child's playful fantasy and way of coping with a long dormant frosty season. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888997128
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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