The Snow Ghosts

The Snow Ghosts

by Leo Landry
     
 

Snow ghosts live in the far, far north, a wintry, cold place where it is always snowing. A place where snow ghosts do exercises, catch snowflakes on their tongues, slide on their bellies, and sometimes even turn colors! It is a magical place and on full-moon nights those with enough imagination can see snow ghosts dancing around the big, white moon.

Overview


Snow ghosts live in the far, far north, a wintry, cold place where it is always snowing. A place where snow ghosts do exercises, catch snowflakes on their tongues, slide on their bellies, and sometimes even turn colors! It is a magical place and on full-moon nights those with enough imagination can see snow ghosts dancing around the big, white moon.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The text is soft-spoken and specific with a touch of poetry underneath...the experience is comfy and inviting." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This title... will stretch the imaginations of those who take the time to relish in its quiet humor." School Library Journal

"Looking like marshmallow gum-drops, roughly the size of a thumbprint, the snow ghosts possess a fanciful charm... [and] conjure the magic and whimsy of a fresh snow fall." Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
This small-sized picture book reads like the notebook of a pint-sized anthropologist who visits a wintry fairyland. Each turn of the page offers readers another observation about the snow ghosts, accompanied by serene, cartoon-like watercolors framed with spare lines and a thick white border. "Every morning, when they wake up, the snow ghosts exercise. Up, down, up, down." The illustration indicates subtle vertical movement and smiley faces as snowflakes fall. At night, they "lay their ghostly heads on their icy beds"; their elongated necks stretch in from the right side of the pictures' frame. In between, the snow ghosts have snowball fights ("No one gets hit") and "try to catch snowflakes on their little ghostly tongues"; the appealing snow ghost's tiny red tongue is one of the few colors outside of the predominantly blue-and-white palette. Newcomer Landry's tone is quiet, his humor understated. (On Wednesdays, when the protagonists make snowmen to put on display, "Prizes are awarded.") Looking like marshmallow gumdrops, roughly the size of a thumbprint, the snow ghosts possess a fanciful charm. Portraits of the protagonists wearing sunglasses on sunny days or unsuccessfully attempting to entice polar bears to play with them conjure the magic and whimsy of a fresh snowfall. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Describes the daily activities of the snow ghosts who live in the far north. They try to catch snowflakes with their ghostly tongues, and have snowball fights. They try to play with the polar bears and have snowman building contests. One of their favorite things to do is dance in the light of the winter moon. The simple, straightforward text is accompanied by Landry's minimalist illustrations in watercolor, pen and ink. There is a childlike playfulness to these illustrations in winter blue, white and an occasional yellow.. The book is small, and the illustrations even smaller, and that will appeal to many preschoolers. Whimsical and imaginative, even a little quirky with its idea of triangular shaped "snow ghosts." However, if you've ever lived in the far north and seen lots of swirling snow, or even a snow-covered person walking toward you in a blizzard, then perhaps the idea isn't that far-fetched. 2003, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 4 to 7.
— Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In "the far, far north, where snow is always falling," lives a playful and companionable group of snow ghosts. Their pastimes include snowman contests, ice-floe races, and moonlit dances. Sometimes, with much effort, a ghost manages to turn from white to another color. Landry's minimalist watercolor-and-pencil illustrations meld marvelously with the text. Whether speeding down icy hills on their bellies or wearing dark glasses to protect their eyes on sunny days, the ghosts have endearing charm. The book's small format and low-key tone are reminiscent of M. B. Goffstein's work. This title will work best one-on-one or with a couple of children, and will stretch the imaginations of those who take the time to relish its quiet humor.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618196555
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/27/2003
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 6.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Master minimalist Leo Landry once again shares the power of secret worlds in this unique fantasy for young children. A love of the moon and all things Apollo originated in Leo’s childhood. He says he has distinct memories of playing a recording of the first moon landing while jumping off the front porch. He and his family live in Easton, Massachusetts.

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