White Snow, Bright Snow

White Snow, Bright Snow


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ISBN-13: 9780688082949
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/1988
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 166,274
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Henri Sorensen lives in Denmark.

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White Snow, Bright Snow 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
SFM13 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book begins with a poem about snow, and then the story is told, as the characters anticipate the snow¿s arrival. In my opinion the descriptions are more beautiful than the pictures. The illustrations are made with India ink, and this doesn¿t give the characters realistic coloring. Maybe the choice of media was to enhance the whiteness and brightness of the snow. Once the snow has covered the town, in its magical white blanket, the children come out to enjoy the day. The policeman¿s wife is stereotypically the homemaker, tending to her husband¿s cold while knitting him new a scarf.
elkeursin on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book has great illustrations but the storyline was a bit old-fashioned and didn't quite meet my expectations. I thought there would be more of an emphasis on the difference between adults and children as they reacted to snow. Cute, but not one I'll be adding to my library.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I think gorgeous and beautiful but not for storytime. Very dated. Farmer, mailman, policeman and wife all react differently and prepare differently for the coming snow.
Treeseed on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This classic book published in 1947 wraps me in a soft fuzzy blanket of nostalgia and makes me crave the good ol' days of clean white snow and sledding, rubber boots and all the neighborhood children playing together in the huge drifts. It takes me back to being snowed-in, warm fire in the fireplace, hot cocoa and the Postman whose name I knew bringing armloads of Christmas cards. The world depicted in this book does not include the sound of a snow-blower or a snow-mobile. It does not have Doppler radar to let me know it's going to snow. In this book we rely upon the ache in a woman's big toe and the fact that a farmer says it smells like snow. The rabbits know it and the kids search the grey sky waiting for the first snowflakes. This book takes us from those first feathery flakes through a really deep snowfall. We're there as the townspeople shovel themselves out. We're there as the grown-ups contend with the winter snow and the children revel in it. Eventually Spring comes and is greeted with as much gladness as the first snowflakes. The simple four color watercolor illustrations are just wonderful and made me yearn for the days when we didn't hurry from climate controlled houses to climate controlled cars to shopping malls with trees and fountains, for the days when we were on speaking terms with the weather. The writing in this book is so lyrical and gentle that it makes a perfect bedtime story and it is sure to warm the heart of the adult who's doing the reading. For example, "Then without a sound, just when everybody was asleep, the snow stopped, and bright stars filled the night. In the morning a clear blue sky was overhead and blue shadows hid in all the corners."
larrellharris on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Summary:This book illustrated how the people in this small town thoughts were when it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard.Personal Reaction:My reaction on this book is to be prepared for whatever happens whether it is positive or negative.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. I can teach children to always have a plan in the event of something happening.2. Children can be taught to look for signs and evidence in all situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it with my 7 and 10 year old son. They loved the book. The poetry about snow was beautiful. Easy read and at the same time beautifully written.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the story of how a town awaits the first snow of the season. The sky turns a dark gray and when no one is looking the first flake of winter falls to the ground. This is a great tale of how the seasons change from warm to cold and how other people enjoy it. Alvin Tresselt grew up in Passaic, New Jersey, and worked in children¿s book publishing in New York for many years. This would be a great book for children five to seven and is in the informational category.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book won the Caldecott Medal in 1948. It is based on a poem the author wrote which came to him as he was walking a street in New York City, on a snowy winter night. The book takes place in the suburbs in 1948. It focuses on the anticipation of the snowfall, the actual snowfall, the children playing and loving the snow and then the beginning of spring. In this age of FEdEX and high technology, it is fun to see a postman and policeman walking their route. The story really seems like a fairy tale. It is absolutely charming. It has endured since 1948. Your children will enjoy it, and so will you. The book has been written for ages 4-8.
Guest More than 1 year ago
White Snow, Bright Snow was first written as a poem by its author Alvin Tresselt. He later turned his poem into a children¿s book. Experience a big snow fall through the lives of a postman, a farmer, a policeman, a housewife, the rabbits and the children. As the snow starts to fall, experience how each character adjusts their life. See how everyone prepares for the big snow and how they react after the snow melts. It seems they all handle the snow in their unique ways. But, it is the children that seem to enjoy the snow the most by making snowmen, snow forts, and snow houses. After the snow melts, everything starts to get back to normal for everyone but the children, they are looking for Spring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The neighborhood along with the animals anticipates the first snow of the season. Townsmen and children stare off into the sky waiting, looking forward to the snowfall. The sky turns gray and just as no one is looking the first flake falls. The ground quickly becomes covered with a blanket of snow, ¿covering roads and hiding fences, sifting in cracks and filling up trenches¿¿. The author of this wonderfully written book is Alvin Tresselt. Tresselt grew up in Passaic, New Jersey, and worked in children¿s book publishing in New York for many years. This book is aimed toward children between the ages of five and eight. I really enjoyed this book because it shows children how snow is anticipated as well as how and why it dies out. I recommend it to anyone that loves the winter season. Tresselt, Alvin. White Snow Bright Snow. New York: William Marrow & Company, 1947.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Snow is the center of this book. Mr. Tresselt develops how snow is anticipated, experienced, and dealt with by a postman, farmer, policeman, the policeman's wife, rabbits, and children. The book is noteworthy for its social perspectives from 1947 more than for the story. As a Caldecott Medal winner, the high point of the book comes in the Day-Glo yellow, orange, and green images that burst from the white and grey world of winter. Mr. Roger Duvoisin has created a most unusual mix of nostalgia and modernism in these images that evoke a Stuart Davis type of feeling. 'Softly, gently in the secret night, Down from the North came the quiet white.' 'Drifting, sifting, silent flight, Softly, gently, in the secret night.' These lines open the book and help create the magical mood of new-fallen snow. The postman says that it 'looked like snow.' He 'put on rubbers' to keep his feet dry. But during the storm, he 'slipped and fell in a snowbank.' The next morning, he 'took out his high boots.' When spring finally came, he walked slowly so he could 'enjoy the bright sunshine.' The farmer said it 'smelled like snow.' He 'went to the barn for a snow shovel.' With it, he 'dug a path . . . to the house.' The next day, he used the path to the barn and 'milked his cows.' In the spring, he 'let his cows out' of the barn for the first time that year. The policeman said it 'felt like snow.' He 'buttoned up his coat.' But he 'got his feet wet.' He 'had a chill and stayed in bed' the next day. When spring came, he 'walked in the park.' The policeman's wife said 'her big toe hurt.' She checked the cupboard to make 'sure she had cough mixture.' When her husband returned from work, she 'put a mustard plaster on his chest.' While he is ill, she 'knits a long woolen scarf for him.' In the spring, she digs in her garden. The children 'watched' the snow start to fall. They 'laughed and danced.' They even 'dreamed' about playing in the snow. In the spring, they 'watched for the first robin.' The rabbits 'knew' the snow was coming. They 'hid in their warm burrows' underground. During the storm they 'hopped about as best they could.' In the spring they enjoyed 'hopping about in the warm world.' Modern readers will probably be struck by the book's having a central figure be an apparently stay-at-home wife with no children in sight. That was common in 1947, and makes the book interesting from a sociological perspective. How much our ideas of sexual roles have changed since then! This story today would probably have the woman be serving as a police officer. How can you find joy in snow and the long, cold days of winter? If you live someplace warm, how can you enjoy the change of the seasons by visiting snow-filled fields? When I was a child growing up in Southern California, my father would load his pick-up truck full of snow from the mountains and dump it on our front lawn. The neighbor children and I would build snowmen and have snowball fights, until the snow melted. These were some of the happiest moments of my childhood. I still wish spring came as soon after the snow as it did then. After you read this story, I suggest that you and your child discuss how each of you perceive snow coming, how to deal with it, and your feelings about winter and spring. Then, this book can become a tool to help you communicate your feelings. I suggest that you extend the conversation then to other physical situations that you both experience, so you can enjoy each other's subjective impressions. Look for the best in every moment! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution