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by Uri Shulevitz

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This playful depiction of a snowy day and the transformation of a city is perfectly captured in simple, poetic text and lively illustrations.


This playful depiction of a snowy day and the transformation of a city is perfectly captured in simple, poetic text and lively illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

People Magazine
A snowfall defies the grown-ups, who insist it won't last, and blankets a small boy's town in splendor.
...[A] gem — not to be missed.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this companion to Dawn and Rain Rain Rivers, Shulevitz uses text as spare as a December landscape to cast a spell of winter magic. Despite predictions to the contrary ("`No snow,' said radio"; "`It'll melt,' said woman with umbrella"), a boy and his dog spy a single snowflake and rush outside in gleeful anticipation. Sure enough, one snowflake turns into two, two into three, and before long snow is "dancing, playing,/ there, and there,/ floating, floating through the air." In a lovely fantasy sequence that hints at the wonder children find in snowfall, a trio of Mother Goose characters climb down from a bookshop window to join the boy and his dog as they frolic through the city streets. A 1999 Caldecott Medal honor book winner, Shulevitz works a bit of visual alchemy as the tale progresses, gradually transforming the chilly gray watercolor washes with flecks of snow, until his cityscape is a frozen fairyland. Pure enchantment from start to finish. Ages 3-up.
Publishers Weekly
"This sparely worded, amply imagined story captures all the eagerness children feel about a snowfall," said our Best Books citation. "Prankish art begins as gray watercolor washes, with flecks of snow gradually changing a cityscape into a frozen fairyland." Ages 3-up. (Oct) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
A boy and his dog look out the window at the gray city and are delighted to see one snowflake. "It's snowing," proclaims the boy. Nobody else believes the snow will accumulate. Grandfather, with his long dark beard and wire-rimmed glasses, looks very wise as he declares that "It's only a snowflake." A man with a tall hat and long overcoat decides the snow is nothing and a woman, marching along the street under an umbrella, expects the snow will melt. Even the radio and the television say, "No snow." The flakes dance and twirl in the air and then begin to stick. The snow falls and accumulates until the once drab city is transformed. The simple, lyrical phrasing has a faintly foreign flavor and the illustrations by the Caldecott winner capture the joy to be experienced in the first snowfall of the year.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The skies are leaden over a Russian town, then one flake falls. Then another. Snow isn't predicted, but a young boy delights in the possibilities as his elders react with more skepticism. Uri Shulevitz beautifully captures the inner joy of a snowfall in this Caldecott Honor book (FS&G, 1998). Gentle background music increases the suspense as George Guidall reads the story with the perfect accent and expression. Shulevitz's gentle, yet detailed illustrations are scanned iconographically, and the close scrutiny makes it easier to appreciate their deceptive simplicity. This story allows viewers to feel again the childlike wonder that a good snowfall can bring. The audiocassette is clear and crisp, including the same music and narration as the video. The video treats an exceptional book with care and quality, creating an experience that all viewers will enjoy.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Journal Starred, School Library
Finally, another of Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories has been made into a picture book— and a fine one.
Betsy Groban
...[A] picture book that young children in all climates are likely to relish. -- The New York Times Book Review
From the Publisher

“Pure enchantment from start to finish. Shulevitz uses text as spare as a December landscape to cast a spell of winter magic [and] works a bit of visual alchemy as the tale progresses.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Outstanding . . . filled with humorous touches . . . Youngsters will joyfully join the boy in his winter-welcoming dance.” —Starred, School Library Journal

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Macmillan Audio
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10.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Uri Shulevitz is the author and/or illustrator of many books, including The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Arthur Ransome, a Caldecott Medal Book, and The Treasure, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives in New York City.

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Snow [With Paperback Book] 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Snow is a Caldecott Honor book. A little boy counts the snowflakes as they fall. He is the only one that believes it will snow. Will the Snow amount to anything? His grandfather with the beard says, ¿It¿s only a snowflake.¿ The author Uri Schulevitz also illustrated the book. The book is very interesting and would be suitable for grades P-4. The book keeps the reader in suspense wondering if it will come a big snow or not one at all. This book would be a Realistic book because I remember sitting in the window looking out and wishing for snow. This book teaches about being able to stick to what you believe even though no one else believes it. Uri Shulevitz is from Poland. When he was four his family left Poland because of the war. They eventually settled in Paris and then moved to Israel. He then moved to New York and began illustrating books for Hebrew children. Shulevitz, Uri. Snow. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1998.
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MMuy More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books! Great for children as young as preschool. The story follows the snowflakes as the cover an entire village.
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This book was a Caldecott Honor book and is appropriate for children ages 3-7. This book is a realistic book. It is about a little boy who counts the snowflakes as they are falling. He is the only person who believes it will snow. He wonders if the snow will amount to anything. His grandfather says, ¿It¿s only a snowflake¿. This book would keep a child¿s attention. My preschooler loved the book. I believe every child loves to see and read about snow. The author is Uri Shulevitz, who is from Poland. When he was young he and his family had to leave Poland because of the war. During his childhood he also lived for a short time in Paris and then they moved to Israel. He later moved to New York where he began illustrating books. Shulevitz, Uri. Snow. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1998.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One gray day, a little boy and his dog were looking out the window and saw one single snow flake. No one thought that it would snow execpt that little boy and his dog. ''It's snowing' said the boy with dog. 'It's only a snowflake' said the grandfather with beard.' In a town of gray will it ever snow? Will it listen to the radio or the television? Will the town ever be white with snow? I guess you will have to read to find out. Uri Shulevitz's 'Snow' is a caldecott award winner for 1998. This book is an enjoyable read for the age level 3-7. It has an important message that no matter what you think, anything can come true, only if you belive it yourself. Shulevitz, Uri. SNOW. New York:Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Snow is a simple picture book with carefully composed illustrations and minimal text. This Caldecott Honor book is written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz. Shulevitz has illustrated more than twenty award-winning books. He has also taught drawing to college students. Snowflakes begin to fall, but no one pays attention except for a small boy and his dog. First, the little boy encounters his grandfather¿s response. ¿It¿s only a snowflake¿, said his grandfather. More and more snowflakes fall, but no one believes it will amount to anything except for the boy. ¿No snow¿, said the television. This doesn¿t change the boy¿s opinion. After a while, snowflakes continuously fall, and the rooftops are covered. Shulevitz, Uri. Snow. Sunburst, 1998. Reading level: Ages 3-7
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a short heartwarming christmas story and it is a perfect family book and highly recommended. A great Christmas gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No one believed that snow would actually come this small town, but the boy knew. The radio and TV said there would be no snow and so did other members of the town. The boy knew that snow would come soon. Snow was more than just a cold, white blanket. The boy knew snow had talents such as spinning, twirling, and dancing. Throughout the story the boy uses his imagination and wishes for the town to soon see a white mask of snow. Uri Shulevitz does a wonderful job of showing just that with his short,playful lines and colorful and lifelike illustrations. Shulevitz makes any little boy believe that snow will come to any town.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
First one snowflake, then two. When the little boy in this story asks others if it will snow they all say, ¿No.¿ Nobody thinks the snow will amount to anything. ¿It¿s snowing¿ yells the little boy. Suddenly the city is covered in snow and the city is transformed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A few snowflakes don¿t mean anything, do they? When a few snowflakes fall, nobody believes that anything will come of it, ¿`It¿s only a snowflake,¿ said grandfather with beard.¿ However, a boy and his dog knew otherwise, for ¿all snowflakes know is snow, snow, and snow.¿ The question was, how long would it keep snowing? Snow is a great story for children about what a winter snowfall is like. When the snowflakes begin to fall, one little boy believes that it is snowing, and even though everyone else thinks it is nothing, he still believes otherwise. This book teaches children that if you believe something is true, you shouldn¿t listen to others who tell you that you are wrong, for if you believe, it just might come true. Uri Shulevitz was born in the mid 1930¿s in Poland just before World War II. The war forced his family out of Poland and they settled in Paris, and then in Israel. In Israel, he studied at the Teacher¿s College and the Art Institute in Tel Aviv. Then, in 1959, he moved to New York City and he continued his education at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. He also began to illustrate Hebrew books for children. Eventually, an editor talked him into writing and illustrating his own books, and in 1963, his first book, The Moon in My Room was published. Since then, he has illustrated dozens of award-winning books and taught drawing and design to college students, inspiring a new generation of artists and illustrators. Shulevitz, Uri. Snow. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. RL: Ages 3-7, Grades PreK-2