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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!

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Overview

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!

A child waits all week for the predicted snow to come.

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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
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
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Nina Crews drew inspiration from her Brooklyn neighborhood in creating the artwork for The Neighborhood Mother Goose. Nina's best-selling titles include One Hot Summer Day (Sesame Street Parents "Kid Hits" selection) and Snowball (a CCBC choice). Twice her acclaimed works have been selected as "Best of the Best" books of the year by the Chicago Public Library.

Nina Crews grew up in New York City. After graduating from Yale University in 1985, she worked in commercial animation production and contributed illustrations to magazines, including the Village Voice and Parenting.

In her own words....

"I look back to move forward on a new children's book. I try to remember a much younger me and recreate some of the things that delighted me then. These pleasures were often quite simple, perhaps the shape or taste of something or the colors that it evoked&#8212and everything was set against a noisy, busy, city backdrop.

"I was raised in New York City. I think I've always loved it. There may have been more tall buildings than trees, but I enjoyed the city and all its variety. The people, the neighborhoods, all of the city's quirkiness were endlessly exciting.

"I started taking pictures at an early age, and the city was my first subject. I grew up in a family of artists and saw the children's-book business firsthand. My parents, Donald Crews and Ann Jonas, always encouraged my sister and me in all our art projects. I had wellrounded art training in high school but became more focused on photography in college. Since then I have been working in commercial animation production and doing freelance photo-collage illustration.

"I love making collages. Some of my favorite artists&#8212Romare Bearden, Hannah Hoch, and Man Ray&#8212combined photography and collage. Collage allows me to use photography playfully and to tell a story on many levels.

"I enjoy photographing children. The interaction always adds something to the project; their performances always give me new ideas. I try to keep the photography session as loose as possible. Collaging the images allows me a great deal of freedom. Basically, almost anything can happen.

"Writing the text is another kind of challenge. I try to find a good balance between the written story and the visual story. Each one should help the other. Picture books are the combination of two forms of poetry, written and visual, and their flow should be musical. I find myself reading a lot of poetry while I work on ideas.

"As a child I loved books and I loved to look. The more there was to see in any one image, the better. I also loved books that were set in city places. I hope that a new generation will get these same pleasures from my books."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2009

    A pretty good children's book

    "Snowball" by Nina Crews highights the hope of a little girl for snow. The weatherman predicts snowfall at the beginning of the week but nothing comes of it. Just when she is about to give up hope, it finally starts to snow. The book is illustrated using a photo collage, which is pretty unique. The photo's in this story are of children of many races which is something I loved about the book. The book is a pretty simple read, mostly meant for younger kids (About pre-k to kindergarten age). I would recommend this to those who teach or have young children.

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