Snowy, Blowy Winter


No matter how you feel about winter, you are sure to enjoy Bob Raczka's tribute to the season's activities, tastes, and sounds. The simple rhymes using "y" words will encourage children to come up with their own words to describe the season.

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No matter how you feel about winter, you are sure to enjoy Bob Raczka's tribute to the season's activities, tastes, and sounds. The simple rhymes using "y" words will encourage children to come up with their own words to describe the season.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meagan Albright
The newest book in a series about seasons (don't miss Spring Things and Who Loves the Fall?) Snowy, Blowy Winter and its companions are perfect for introducing the spring, fall and winter to toddlers. The clear and vibrant illustrations and sparse and simple text are ideal for young readers. Each page is full of interesting items for a child to discover, from measuring spoons and cocoa mix to birdseed sprinkled on the sidewalk. The book has fun phonics, with silly words like gooey and squirrely, shovely and zippery all describing the wonderful world of winter. When the groundhog appears at the end of the story and sees his shadow, children will cheer for six more weeks of snowy, blowy, glowy winter. The last page includes a recipe for Snowy, Blowy Ice Cream that children are sure to want to try at home. For storytimes about winter, pair it with Denise Fleming's The First Day of Winter. This book would be an excellent addition to school and public libraries. Reviewer: Meagan Albright
School Library Journal


A diverse group of families engages in quintessential cold-weather activities. On each page, an adjective ("snowy," "blowy,") or a simple sentence ("windows are glowy") accompanies an illustration depicting an easily recognizable winter scene. Snowflakes are caught, hats blow off, sidewalks are shoveled, and children look at icicles outside while Mom coughs and sneezes in her bathrobe. The dormant state of the natural world is touched upon briefly in a picture of several animals hibernating underground ("everyone's dozy"). As the book comes to a close, a groundhog emerges from its hole to see its shadow, which means, of course, "six more weeks of snowy blowy...seedy squirrelly winter!" The text is simple and bouncy, and the cartoon illustrations are bright, clear, and inclusive. The book's quick pace and cheerful pictures make it a perfect choice for seasonal storytimes. The variety of activities and families introduced also makes it a great conversation starter for one-on-one sharing.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD

Kirkus Reviews

The simple, playful rhymes make this celebration of winter a solid choice for sharing with toddlers and beginning readers alike. "Strappy, / zippery, / icy and slippery! / Angels are lovely. / Sidewalks are shovely." With just one word or phrase per image or page-turn, this makes for a quick, rhythmic read. Stead's illustrations provide a narrative, following one neighborhood's multicultural families through their wintry afternoon, from the children arriving home off the bus as the snowflakes begin to fly through an end-of-evening cookie-baking. The next day is a sunny Groundhog Day: "Six more weeks of snowy blowy glowy...winter!" (Picture book. 2-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621278931
  • Publisher: Av2 by Weigl
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013

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