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Snow Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-02-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 25 user ratings
ISBN:0152053034
LANGUAGE:English

"How cruel to read this lovely story when one is living in the desert in late August! How frustrating it must be for our little desert children to read the descriptions of the snow falling, getting school cancelled, encasing people in their warm, cozy homes! The language of the story is lyrical, if a little wistful (i.e., "And the snow, while it is here, reminds us of this: that nothing lasts forever except memories") and the illustrations are as lovely as the book.

In the absence of snow ever falling here in our desert, I think I may have to go out and buy this little gem so I'll always jhave it on hand to read on one of our chilly winter days. All four of them.
" said.

"Beautiful language AND illustrations!

The ideas conveyed about winter and the different kinds of snow are so lovely that they make me excited for the next snowstorm. This book made winter exciting even at the end of January, after below zero temperatures!

One bittersweet moment that was implied in this book went over my preschooler's head but nearly made me cry. There was a very beautiful picture of a girl waving goodbye to her friend as they went their separate ways, away from the snowman they had made, while holding her grandmother's hand:

"And the snow,
while it is here,
reminds us of this:
that nothing last forever
except memories."
" said.

"Snow by Cynthia Rylant with illustrations by Lauren Stringer

This is not a Caldecott award winner. It is a book written by Cynthia Rylant who is the Newbery award winning author of Missing May -- one of my favorite Newbery books.

The illustrations by Lauren Stringer are stunningly beautiful.
I read this last night while it was raining. It was safe, warm and cozy.

The story and illustrations are lush and heavenly. The lovely images of soft, billowy snow swirling through the air and pillowing down on children creates an atmosphere when the hub bub of life slows to a halt.

As the snows cakes the fir trees, the reader can almost hear the echos of children's voices bouncing through the air.

I particularly like the images of the young girl and her grandmother as they return inside with warm hot chocolate, books to read and games to play.

I like this book so much that I will buy copies for presents.
" said.

"Snow is about a little girl that dreams of the snow day and night. Each day when it snows she watches it pile up outside. When she is at school she wishes for a snow day and that her and her classmates will be released early! One day in class, the principal sends all the children home to go and play in the snow. All students go home and then get to go and play outside. The little girl goes to her grandmother and bonds over enjoying the snow, it's the perfect day! I really love reading this book because it reminded me of myself when I was young and always waiting to be sent home early for a snow day to go and play with my mom and brother. The message of this story is also very sweet, to always take the time and enjoy bonding with the people you love. The illustrations in this story are wonderful as well! When the characters are inside, the colors are very warm, but as the characters go out into the cold, the colors because an icy blue and white. With such vibrant colors, the reader can really feel like they are out in the cold! I would recommend this book to all young readers who love a magnificent story book!" said.

" I would give this book two and a half stars.
The illustrations by Lauren Stringer in this volume are some of the most breathtaking that I have ever seen in picture book literature, and Cynthia Rylant crafts a similarly beautiful and elegant story, showing why snow is so inherently important to kids, and why that love of snow is a wondrous thing to behold. I especially like how the book says that kids love the snow, and "The snow loves them back." Even reading this book on one of June's hottest days I was transported back into the dreamy world of winter, seeing the various types of snow in all their glory as they softly descend to the earth, fast or slow, light or heavy, thick or thin.
"Snow" is a wonderful, beautiful picture book, and one that I would recommend for any reader. Cynthia Rylant is right up there with Jacqueline Woodson and Katherine Paterson among the consistently very best picture book writers whose material I have ever read, and this book does nothing to lessen that marvelously earned reputation.

"And the snow, while it is here, reminds us of this: that nothing lasts forever except memories."

—Snow
" said.

" Beautifully illustrated with thoughtful sentiments on snowy days. " said.

" First of all, I LOVE THE SNOW!This book was so cute and I appreciated the fact that it had children off all different shapes, sizes and color. Great book and it will be in my future classroom. " said.

" Beautifully illustrated. Love the message too that encourages slowing down and noticing nature. I like its playfulness and sense of wonder. " said.

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