Snow Happy!

Snow Happy!

by Patricia Hubbell, Hiroe Nakata
     
 

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Waking up to a snow-covered world, children dash outdoors:
 
“We’re silly-willy laughy, feeling slightly daffy, leaping through the snow—
Snow Happy!”
 
Follow along as they playfully romp through the freshly-fallen snow: sledding, shoveling, making snow angels, and throwing snowballs. Even the woodland

Overview

Waking up to a snow-covered world, children dash outdoors:
 
“We’re silly-willy laughy, feeling slightly daffy, leaping through the snow—
Snow Happy!”
 
Follow along as they playfully romp through the freshly-fallen snow: sledding, shoveling, making snow angels, and throwing snowballs. Even the woodland animals are taking part in the winter fun!
 
At the end of a satisfying day, the children go home to shed wet clothes and enjoy hot cocoa by the fire, tired yet exhilarated. It’s what every snowy day should be!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two excited children act out cheery vignettes about playing in thick, fresh snow: "We're packing snow and smacking,/ we're dodging and we're whacking./ Snowballs fly and we're--/ Snow Happy!" Ink and gouache spot details enliven Nakata's milky watercolor backgrounds: a dog chases after a squirrel, neighborhood children in brightly patterned attire ski and slide down a hill, and two red birds help to build an igloo. When the storm picks up, it's time to head inside: "Drinking nice hot cocoa,/ we watch the sparkling snow blow./ Winter makes us all--So Happy!" The kids' euphoria is contagious and will likely have readers gazing skyward for those first flakes. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A rollicking verse about the joys of playing in the snow. Lively children and their parents and grandparents enjoy a day of sledding, making snow angels, building igloos, even shoveling. Hubbell's meter is bouncy, and many of her rhymes have a Seussian feel. The short text and the "Snow Happy!" refrain make the book a good choice as an interactive read-aloud. The artwork matches the upbeat mood of the text. It is always a challenge to depict snow scenes because of the prevalence of the color white, but Nakata accomplishes it admirably. She uses pale pastel washes for the backgrounds and bright colors for the children's clothing and for the little forest animals. The simple watercolor characters are full of activity. No one ever stands still or rests until the final spread where they are all tucked up in front of the fire. Large, informal fonts weave through the illustrations, adding to the energy of the story. This is a good companion book to Hubbell's Hurray for Spring! (NorthWord, 2005) but the art and poetic style give it even more zip than the earlier title.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582463292
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Read an Excerpt

We’re silly-willy laughy, feeling slightly daffy, leaping through the snow—
Snow Happy!
 
We’re skiing and we’re sliding. Down our hill we’re gliding. We trudge back up and shout—
Snow Happy!
 
Dogs are yippy-yapping, each one is snow-flake snapping, lapping up the snow—
Snow Happy!

Meet the Author

PATRICIA HUBBELL began writing poetry when she was in the third grade. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys painting, sculpting, horses, and gardening. Her books have received many honors and awards. Patricia still writes from her hometown in Easton, Connecticut.
 
HIROE NAKATA has illustrated many books for children with her cheerful and delightful paintings. For Snow Happy, Hiroe researched her own neighborhood’s parks, trees, and wildlife during snowfalls, and the local children in colorful knits were inspiring to her. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their daughter, who loves to use her pink ice skates every winter weekend.

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