The Snowflake Sisters

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Join two snowflake sisters — quick! — as they spiral down to glimpse St. Nick.

Then roller-coaster on and fall upon New York and the New Year's ball.

Once it's dropped and the old year's out, arc on up to Central Park. There, before you grow much older, lay awhile on a snowboy's shoulder!

Two snowflakes named Crystal and Ivory travel on Santa's sleigh and make ...

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Overview

Join two snowflake sisters — quick! — as they spiral down to glimpse St. Nick.

Then roller-coaster on and fall upon New York and the New Year's ball.

Once it's dropped and the old year's out, arc on up to Central Park. There, before you grow much older, lay awhile on a snowboy's shoulder!

Two snowflakes named Crystal and Ivory travel on Santa's sleigh and make their way through the wintry sky until they become part of a snowboy in Central Park.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Following their Doodle Dandies and Good Mousekeeping, J. Patrick Lewis and Lisa Desimini present The Snowflake Sisters, a story in verse about two snowflakes who tag along on Santa's sleigh, manage a trip to Times Square in time to see the ball drop on New Year's Eve and wind up in Central Park, affixed to a snowman's shoulder, until spring brings a thaw. Lewis has his way with T.S. Eliot ("Let us snow then, you and I," says one snowflake sister to another), and throws in some other jokes. Desimini's collages include such dazzlers as a Times Square scene made of cut-up advertisements, intricate snowflakes constructed from New York City bus and subway maps and more. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Transitioning from Christmas to New Year's Eve, then with a fast-forward to spring, this fetching work will capture the attention of all who open its covers. Collage artwork in picture books seems to be the rage these days and this story gives credence to its popularity. Intricate patterns enhance the captivating rhythm of snowflake sisters, Crystal and Ivory, on their journey across a Winter sky, stowing away on Santa's sleigh, flying through Manhattan and finally settling on a Snow Boy in Central Park. Desimini's choice of medium for each object is indeed a clever craft itself—a crossword puzzle for a department store, a bus schedule that really is a bus, pieces of a map, stock pages from the New York Times are skyscrapers representing the financial district. It's even fun to look for items on each page, from the listing Of what Santa has left, looking for Crystal and Ivory on every page to counting the shades of twilight until New Year's Eve. Lewis' choice of rhyming words is a delight in and of itself. Poetry-challenged readers and those who detest poetry will find themselves immersed in the imagery presented in his verse. A winning, welcome, winter work. 2003, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 to 8.
— Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Although the Snowflake Sisters hitch a ride on Santa's sleigh early in their journey and observe him delivering presents, this story is more about the cycle of snow and winter than Christmas per se. The setting is New York City, captured through witty collage illustrations that make use of such materials as rice paper, maps, newsprint, and Scrabble letters. Lewis's elegant and fluid rhymed text offers surprises on every page, and the inevitable ending-brought about by "the splendor-ender, Spring"-gives promise of rebirth and renewal. A prime read-aloud choice for storytimes or one-on-one sharing.-S. P. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two snowflakes-along with "seven billion four / Hundred million, maybe more"-twirl a dance down night skies, hitch a ride on Santa's sleigh, reach Times Square just in time to see the Ball drop, then flutter off across recognizable New York scenes to Central Park, to spend the rest of the winter on a welcoming snow-lad. Desimini matches Lewis's sprightly verse with equally exuberant collages made from fragments of printed ads, cut paper, and bits of fluff and tissue. Though "the splendor-ender, Spring" brings an end to the gaiety, it is but a temporary halt, for "Winter called out cold and clear, / 'I'll bring you back again . . . next year!' " Never has the snowy season been celebrated with more joie de vivre. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442467194
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/19/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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