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A favorite winter picture book for preschoolers — now available in paperback.

What if it starts
to snow?

What do you do?

Where do ...

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Overview

A favorite winter picture book for preschoolers — now available in paperback.

What if it starts
to snow?

What do you do?

Where do you go?

So begins this charming question-and-answer story as each animal — from the mouse to the bear — tells us what it will do and where it will go when the snow starts to fall from the sky.

Phillis Gershator's chant-along verse encourages listener parti-cipation. The inquisitive text and dashing illustrations by Martin Matje make this a delightful picture book for reading under the covers when the weather gets chilly. Poetic and imaginative, When It Starts to Snow celebrates winter in all its cozy glory.

Author Biography: Phillis Gershator has written several books for children, including Bread Is for Eating, co-authored by her husband, David Gershator, which was a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection. Ms. Gershator lives with her husband on the island of St. Thomas.

Author Biography: Martin Matje has illustrated many books for children, including Harry and Lulu. Mr. Matje lives with his family in Montreal, Canada.

Various animals tell what they do and where they go when it starts to snow.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"With words that roll off the tongue, pictures of charming woodland inhabitants and a dash of science, this book will have readers raring to go on a snow quest of their own," said PW in a starred review. Ages 4-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carol Collins
This picture book cleverly asks the question "Where do you go when it starts to snow?" and presents the answers including relevant sounds that could be expected from a number of domestic and wild animals. The cat sits by the window, the pig goes into the barn, the goose flies south, the bear goes to sleep, and so on. There are a few surprises such as the stoat who "wears a new coat," his winter fur, or the worm who "wiggle, dig, digs" into the earth when it starts to snow, or the otter who "goes with the flow" as he slides down a hill. The story is told in irregular rhymed verse and the primarily brown, gray, and white gouache and colored-pencil illustrations are an excellent match for the wintry tale. The most charming two-page spread shows the critters hiding out in tree trunks, caves, or rock piles. A book that provide an entertaining introduction to animals and their winter habitats.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A young boy asks various wild and domestic animals how they prepare for the arrival of snow. The verse varies from forced ("`I look for seeds,'/says the sparrow./Peck, peck, peck/when it starts to snow") to scientifically inaccurate ("`We fly south,'/say the geese,/`all in a row'"). While the text is unexciting, Matje's gouache and colored-pencil illustrations are lively and the animals' expressions range from baleful to sly as they ponder what they do. The quality illustrations rescue this mediocre text.-Farida Shapiro, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
"What if it starts to snow? What do you do? Where do you go?" begins this rudimentary wintertime natural history from Gershator (Sweet, Sweet Fig Banana, 1996, etc.). Citizens of the field, stream, and forest briefly sketch their doings when the flakes start falling; namely, they go someplace warm and do something useful, such as the sparrow's search for seeds, or the frog's descent into the mud of the pond. Most of the answers are set to rhyme with the original question, but not all, and that makes for a pleasing unpredictability in the proceedings. Each creature is given a page to air their intentions before the tempo quickens and another animal—-a boy—-races into the cold to celebrate the snow. A surprising amount of information is imparted by the brief text, and the illustrations are effective; Matje renders the winter sky in a pinkish gray and leaves much of the landscape a hushed white, broken only by footprints and pawprints. (Picture book. 4-8) .
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"With words that roll off the tongue, pictures of charming woodland inhabitants and a dash of science, this one will have readers raring to go on a snow quest of their own." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The mood and simplicity of expression recall Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day and Ruth Krauss' The Happy Day." —Booklist

"[A] cozily satisfying lapsit for that toddler fascinated by both snowflakes and animal noises." —The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805054040
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillis Gershator is the author of several books for children, including Bread Is for Eating, illustrated by Emma Shaw-Smith, which was a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection. She lives with her husband on the island of St. Thomas.

Martin Matje has illustrated many books for children in his native France. When It Starts to Snow marks his children's book debut in America. He lives with his family in Paris.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    that book was great

    i think its great i think i ould like to meet the author one day

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