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The Snow Globe Family

The Snow Globe Family

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by Jane O'Connor

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Oh, when will it snow again? wonders the little family who lives in the snow globe. They long for a swirling snowstorm—if only someone in the big family would pick up the snow globe and give it a great big shake.

Baby would love to. She alone notices the little family. She gazes longingly at their snowy little world, but the snow globe is up way too


Oh, when will it snow again? wonders the little family who lives in the snow globe. They long for a swirling snowstorm—if only someone in the big family would pick up the snow globe and give it a great big shake.

Baby would love to. She alone notices the little family. She gazes longingly at their snowy little world, but the snow globe is up way too high for her to reach. Then, when a real snowstorm sends the big children outside sledding in the moonlight, Baby finds herself alone in the parlor. . . . Will the snow globe family at last get a chance to go sledding too?

As readers follow the parallel adventures of both families, big and little, they will take special pleasure in the miniature world of the snow globe, where the skating pond is the size of a shiny quarter and a snowman is no bigger than a sugar cube.

Editorial Reviews

In a Victorian family's parlor sits a snow globe. And within the snow globe is another Victorian family-albeit a tiny one. Unbeknownst to the bigger clan, the snow globe family yearns to go sledding. And who better to stir up a snowstorm than the huge, curious baby peering in? This fanciful tale is sure to stir your child's imagination too! (ages 4 and up)
The November 2006 issue of Child magazine
Publishers Weekly
In this enticing, snappily written tale-within-a-tale, O'Connor (Fancy Nancy) introduces two Victorian families, each consisting of a mama, papa, boy, girl and baby. The first family lives in a sprawling, turreted house on whose parlor mantel sits a snow globe, which is home to the second family. The snow globe "has been there such a long time, nobody notices it anymore-nobody except Baby." It is winter year round in the snow globe, and the little family within builds snowmen "as big as lumps of sugar" and skates on a pond "as shiny as a silver coin." The diminutive children love to hear their father's stories of the "big snowstorms from long ago" and pine for a blizzard instead of the gently flurry that occurs when the parlor maid in the big house does her weekly dusting. One evening, as snow falls outside the big house, Baby endeavours to reach the snow globe. In a priceless spread, Schindler (The Cod's Tale) depicts Baby's big eyes as seen by the snow globe family. When Baby loses her balance, she shakes the snow globe into the blizzard that the tiny family was waiting for. Meanwhile, the big family experiences a blizzard of its own. Rendered in colored inks and gouache, Schindler's art brings this whimsical concept to life with subtle humor and treats readers to lavish Victorian particulars and some entertaining perspectives as the wee and life-sized worlds intersect. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
On the mantel in the parlor of a family of a mama, a papa, a boy, a girl, and Baby, there is a snow globe. And inside that globe, in a small house, lives a family very much like them. They enjoy the snow all around them. But nobody except the Baby ever notices them. The little papa tells his family of the days when their globe was shaken and the snow fell, but not any more. The little family would like a snowstorm, a blizzard, and so would the children in the big family. One night, the big family gets its wish. While they are out enjoying the snow, having left the baby safely inside, Baby decides she wants some snow too. She climbs up to reach the snow globe and shakes it. "Wheeeeee!" What fun both families have in the snow! And what a surprise ending there is to this charming and imaginative tale. With colored inks and gouache, Schindler creates two Victorian families, using crisp lines and subtle hues. Although a close look reveals that the little family is composed of wooden dolls, this doesn't keep them from doing everything the big family does. Part of the fun is comparing the action in the parallel snowy environments. Glitter on the paper jacket embellishes the title, snowy trees, and stars.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Old-fashioned illustrations, the appeal of dolls, and glitter on the cover cannot save this marginal effort that lacks both tension and logic. On the mantle of a Victorian family's home stands a snow globe. Inside it is another Victorian-looking, although doll-like, family. All they want is for someone to shake the globe so they can have a blizzard. But no one notices them, except Baby. One day, during a storm, the live family goes out to play, leaving the baby and her mother behind. The child climbs up to the mantle, takes down the object that captures her attention, and causes a blizzard inside. Then Mama decides that the snow is "too wonderful to miss" and takes Baby outside. Both families enjoy the elements, and the snow globe is returned to the mantle, but now the cat is creeping up on it-. The text is simple and somewhat disconnected, and the art, while attractive, will have limited appeal. The odd premise and lack of real excitement are unlikely to capture a young audience.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A small and gentle foray into imagination. A mama, a papa, a boy, a girl and a baby live in a big Victorian house. On their mantel sits a lovely old snow globe, and inside it lives a tiny family of the same configuration. The tiny snow globe family wishes for a big storm-someone to shake the globe-but that has not happened for some time. The papa tells of times the dishes were knocked off the shelves and he was thrown out of the tub. In the big world, a blizzard sends the family out with their sled, but mama and baby stay inside. Baby manages via footstool and pillows to reach the top of the mantel, to tumble over with the snow globe, providing just the "storm" the snow globe family had hoped for. They go out sledding on their tiny hill, Baby's mama decides the snow is too wonderful for them to miss outside the big house and off they go, too ("Wheeeeee!"). Schindler's colored inks and gouache in a wry, slightly exaggerated style capture the Victorian setting perfectly, vivacious line and muted color making a fine winter bedtime treat. (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher
"[A] fine winter bedtime treat." -Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] fine winter bedtime treat." -Kirkus Reviews

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Jane O'Connor lives in New York City.
S. D. Schindler lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The Snow Globe Family 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My First Graders really enjoy this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had been looking for this book for a Kindergarten project. Other sites were selling it for up to 10xs more. I received it on time and in it was packaged nicely.
Janae_March More than 1 year ago
My two year old daughter has fallen in love with this book. It's one I don't mind reading daily. Very cute.