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Let It Snow!
--selected by Debra Mitts Smith
In this month's Dozens, we look at books about snow. In some, children
frolic in the stuff or build snow-beings out of it. Other offerings include
books about animals scurrying to ready themselves for winter before the
first snowflakes fall. Two of them feature poems about exotic animals
in winter or wintry places. Another lets your readers join an expedition
through the snow and ice fields of the Antarctic. So no matter which ones
your readers choose, be sure they button up their coats, lace up their
boots, pull down their caps, and put on their mittens!
- Alarcon, Francisco X. Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems/Iguanas
en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno; illus. by Maya Christina Gonzalez.
Children's book Press, 2001. Gr. 2-4
Children from many different backgrounds celebrate winter's arrival along
northern California's coast and on her snowy mountains. (BCCB 11/01)
- Briggs, Raymond. Snowman; illus. by Raymond Briggs. Random House,
1978. 3-5 yrs
In the middle of the night a snowman comes to life. He and the boy who made
him soar through the night air. (BCCB 1/79)
- Burton, Virginia Lee. Katy and the Big Snow; written and illus.
by Virgina Lee Burton. Houghton Mifflin, 1943. 3-5 yrs
When a blizzard hits, Katy the snowplow comes to the rescue.
- Carle, Eric. Dream Snow; written and illus. by Eric Carle. Philomel,
2000. 3-6 yrs
An old farmer falls asleep after taking his peppermint tea and dreams of snow.
- Godwin, Laura. Little White Dog; illus. by Dan Yaccarino. Hyperion,
Can you find the little white dog in the snow or the blue bird in the sky?
- Green, Jen. You Wouldn't Want to Be a Polar Explorer: An Expedition
You Would Rather Not Go On; illus. by David Antram. Watts, 2001. Gr. 3-6
"You are a hardened sailor named Frank Worsley, and you volunteer to
join Shackleton in what will prove to be one of the most grueling adventures
of all time." (BCCB 2/02)
- Henkes, Kevin. Oh!; illus. by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow, 1999.
Children and animals play in the freshly fallen snow. (BCCB 8/99)
- Hoff, Syd. When Will It Snow?; illus. by Mary Chalmers. Harper
& Row, 1971. 3-6 yrs
The birds have headed south, the trees are bare, and the bears are hibernating.
All the signs point to winter, save one: there is no snow. (BCCB 3/72)
- Howell, Will C. Zoo Flakes; written and illus. by Will C. Howell.
Walker, 2002. 3-5 yrs
Intricately cut paper snowflakes feature various zoo animals from A to Z.
- Perkins, Lynne Rae. Snow Music; written and illus. by Lynne Rae
Perkins. Greenwillow, 2003. 5-8 yrs
Creative layouts help an evocative combination of text and art convey the
special sounds of a snow-covered world.
(Big Picture, BCCB 12/03)
- Root, Phyllis. Grandmother Winter; illus. by Beth Krommes. Houghton
Mifflin, 1999. 3-7 yrs
Grandmother Winter gets ready for the first snowfall. (BCCB 10/99)
- Schaefer, Carole Lexa. Snow Pumpkin; illus. by Pierr Morgan. Crown,
2000. 4-7 yrs
When an early snowfall fails to provide enough snow for a snowman, a smiling
pumpkin comes to the rescue. (BCCB 10/00)
- Sierra, Judy. Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems; illus.
by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey. Gulliver/Harcourt, 1998.
From their hatching to their first swim and belly sliding, penguins frolic
in the snow, ice, and icy waters of the Antarctic.
- Stojic, Manya. Snow; written and illus. by Manya Stojic. Kopf,
2002. 2-4 yrs
Snow is in the air and there is a flurry of activity each of the animals in
the forest make preparations for the arrival of winter. (BCCB 12/02)
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