When the first snow of the year coincides with winter solstice, it's a magical convergence so powerful that snow people come from far and wide to celebrate. "Hooray for winter! Hooray for snow!" cheers the crowd in a lantern-lit forest clearing, and by the time the last page is turned, even kids in the Sunbelt will be cheering as well. In his picture book debut, Jones provides an emotional and fantasy counterpoint to the quiet intensity of Ziefert's (Who Said Moo?) reportorial text. Jones takes full advantage of the book's horizontal format, varying his perspectives and infusing his pictures with a sense of bustle and plenty of detail (note the snow chef carving blocks of ice). He confers individuality upon the members of the snow people community-quite an accomplishment considering that all his characters have facial features fashioned from coal and carrots, and three-snowball bodies. Jones also adds a soupçon of delicious eeriness: the chill in the air, the normally immobile characters' shared sense of purpose, the allure of communal ritual-all these things become palpable. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Snow Partyby Harriet Ziefert, Mark Jones
If the first snow falls on the first day of winter, the snow men, snow women, and snow children come out for a special party. The festivities include food, dancing, singing, and some surprises! With breathtaking pastel illustrations and an understated, enchanting story, this is the perfect book for a snowy day . . . or to read while wishing for snow to fall.See more details below
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If the first snow falls on the first day of winter, the snow men, snow women, and snow children come out for a special party. The festivities include food, dancing, singing, and some surprises! With breathtaking pastel illustrations and an understated, enchanting story, this is the perfect book for a snowy day . . . or to read while wishing for snow to fall.
"[W]hen the first snow of the year falls on the first day of winter, [the snowpeople] have a snow party!" A pedestrian text describes the snowpeople's gathering and preparation for the event; it's a novel enough idea, but what makes this book succeed are newcomer Jones's illustrations, which take the premise and go all-out. Traditional three-ball-high snowpeople, wearing the simplest accessories�a top hat, a babushka scarf, earmuffs, a red riding-hood�are given enormous personality and vigor as they celebrate. Varied perspectives offer long-shots and close-ups, deep purples and blues in the background allowing the coal-eyed, carrot-nosed folk to fairly glow at their gala. (Picture book. 4-8)
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- 4 - 8 Years
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