Snowball

Snowball

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by Nina Crews
     
 

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The weather report says "Snow." Yet there is no sign of it on Monday, or on Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday. But oh, when it comes, it is as thick and white and wonderful (and perfect for snowballs) as the exuberant young narrator dreamed. Young fans who already love Nina Crews's striking photo-collage picture books will revel in this winter wonderland. Zip up your… See more details below

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The weather report says "Snow." Yet there is no sign of it on Monday, or on Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday. But oh, when it comes, it is as thick and white and wonderful (and perfect for snowballs) as the exuberant young narrator dreamed. Young fans who already love Nina Crews's striking photo-collage picture books will revel in this winter wonderland. Zip up your jacket and come outside. It's snowing!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Eileen Hanning
While intended for the preschool set, this book will delight any reader who loves snow. Follow a young child as she waits all week for snow and dreams of making the perfect snowball. On Friday she makes her dream come true, playing in the snow with her friends at school. Nina Crew's photographic collages and simple text combine to form a lovely picture book. Even her photo-checkerboard end papers are engaging. This book invites talk about the weather with small children.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-KAfter waiting most of the week for snow, a little girl celebrates on Friday when it arrives. On the playground with lots of other kids, she makes snowball after snowball. The plot is simple and totally childlike, full of anticipation followed by easy satisfaction. Full-color photographs cut into collages illustrate the text. Crews generates energy and movement through the creative placement of the narrator against urban backdropsthe girl's bedroom, her classroom, city streets, or the playground. Many of the images are grainy, even unfocused. The looser collages are more successful: an opening shot of the girl who, at the thought of snow, joyfully falls sideways across the page; or the dream sequence in which the drift-filled city and a giant snowball overtake her thoughts and bedroom. This book provides a clear sense of what snow represents to young childrenfun.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A spirited companion to Crews's debut, One Hot Summer Day (1995), that begins with endpapers that capture a wintry New York City in 18 city snowscapes arranged in a checkerboard. The excellence of the photo-reportage hints at what is to come: a keen depiction of a child's small adventure with the snow. The weather report predicts snow on Monday, but the girl who narrates must wait until Friday for the scene she's dreaming of. That day, she makes a snowball as she and other children revel in the snow. Interiors show a child's actual room with stuffed animals and a little television; the school scenes reflects New York City's diversity. A dream sequence allows Crews's photo-collage technique to soar; she cuts out the tops of brownstones and uses them to frame the girl in the act of throwing a snowball backward. Every scene is fresh and unpredictable, and the model's face perfectly reflects the exclamations of the caption-like text. It's a short tale entirely from a child's-eye view—from a child's heart—and a celebration of snow, play, and city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688149284
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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