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Snow Comes to the Farm

Snow Comes to the Farm

by Nathaniel Tripp, Kate Kiesler (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature
A now grown man tells the story of a memorable first snow in lyrical and gentle prose. There are no dramatic problems or incidents to resolve;instead, he recounts the time he and his older brother went into the woods to await the first snowstorm of the season. As the storm begins, he recalls the snow it in all its manifestations. First it is glitter floating in the air. Then the falling flakes progress to looking like stars on jacket sleeves. Picking up speed, the flakes "fill the cups of fallen leaves" and whiteness spills over everything. Finally, waves of snow pour though the woods and coat all the twigs and trees. An anticipated owl sighting completes the experience and connects beautifully to the last image of snow as owl-down. Double-page paintings enhance the narrator's reflections. These realistic pictures detail the family farm and the surrounding woods in transition from fall to winter. The grass is brown, the deciduous trees bare. The farm animals are restless, and the wild creatures in the woods scamper and store their winter food in and around the evergreens. However, while the blue-white light of the winter storm eventually covers the fall tones, the lights and warmth of home provide an overall glow that is developed both verbally and visually throughout the book. A companion piece for this book is Robert Frost's and Susan Jeffers' Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (2001). 2001, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer:Melissa J. Rickey
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A first winter snowfall, as experienced by a small boy and his older brother on their farm long ago, is recalled in this thoughtful mood piece. As the two boys make their way to the owl woods to await the start of the storm, they observe the changes in nature with the approaching weather. The sky grows darker, the pines give off a pungent smell, and the loud cawing of crows has hushed as the first flakes begin to fall. A sense of peace envelops the woods, despite the growing intensity of the snow. Finally, as evening draws near, the warmth of home offers welcome relief as the children relate the day's experiences over hot cocoa. Evocative oil paintings complement the lyrical text and reemphasize the silent beauty of winter.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The mood is expectant as a farm family in northern Vermont awaits the first snowfall. The meadow's gone brown, the pond is covered with ice, winter has come to the farm. Then one day, under a slate-gray sky, the air goes still: Snow is coming. The family's two boys head for the owl woods to wait for the snow. They eat their sandwiches around a small fire, gazing upward. The snow begins to fall, a mere glitter, then with more purpose: "One by one, the flakes filled the cups of fallen leaves . . . the ground turned white." Mice and squirrels scuttle for food, the evergreens begin to sag under their burden, the owl flies by, "silent as the smoke from our fire." As dark begins to fall along with the snow, the boys douse their fire and head back home, the warm yellow light of its windows scything through the snowfall. Tripp's (Thunderstorm, 1994) tone is just this side of solemn, a stately watchful waiting that will catch readers up. Kiesler's (Taiko on a Windy Night, p. 583, etc.) muted oils communicate a sense of mystery along with the anticipation as the boys heads turned to the heavens, blinking in the wonder of it all. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Candlewick Press
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1 ED
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11.94(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.35(d)

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