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Snowmen and Igloos:
An Icy Dozen
than the devil's underwear out there this August and the
Bulletin staff is ready for a cool getaway. Alas, the books keep coming
and so we are forced to keep working away under the sun (ok, more like
in the air conditioning – but some us do have to walk here). Looks like
we’ll just have to settle for chilling out with the following frosty
Cassino, Mark. The Story of Snow: The Science of
Winter’s Wonder; by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson; illus. by Nora Aoyagi
and with photographs by Mark Cassino. Chronicle, 2009. 7-9 yrs
Cassino’s photographs unpack the wonder that is the snowflake, with text that explains in elegant clarity the snowflake’s structure and making. (BCCB 12/09)
Fleming, Denise. The First Day of Winter. Holt, 2005.
The traditional “Twelve Days of Christmas” gets an innovative twist here as a the materials to build a snowmen are the items racked up over the titular twelve days. (BCCB 1/06)
Gay, Marie-Louise. Stella, Queen of the Snow. Douglas
and McIntyre, 2000. 3-6 yrs
Red-haired Stella is back, and this time she is going to teach her younger brother Sam the right way to enjoy a snow day in this wonderfully warm celebration of winter’s quiet (and not so quiet) beauty. (BCCB 1/01)
Geisert, Arthur. Ice. Enchanted Lion, 2011. 5-9
An intricately illustrated, wordless picture book recounts the efforts of an industrious colony of pigs as they attempt to obtain and use a giant iceberg to cool off. (BCCB 5/11)
George, Jessica Day. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow.
Bloomsbury, 2008. Gr. 7-12
This lyrical retelling of “East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon” stays true to the original in all the basic elements but adds a sophisticated poetry that will please fans of fairy tales and strong heroines alike. (BCCB 2/08)
Les Becquets, Diane. Season of Ice.
Bloomsbury, 2008. Gr. 8-12
Seventeen-year-old Genesis, a self-reliant resident of northern Maine, needs all her strength when her father disappears, leaving her to face the winter torn between accepting his almost certain death and believing that he’s survived but abandoned his family in this emotional and atmospheric novel. (BCCB 2/08)
McCaughrean, Geraldine. The White Darkness: A Novel.
HarperTempest, 2007. Gr. 7-12
A young girl is shocked by her beloved uncle’s dastardly intentions as they voyage to the icy depths of Antarctica; mystery, romance, and a bit of psychological drama combine to make this an intriguing survival story. (BCCB 2/07)
Northrop, Michael. Trapped. Scholastic, 2011. Gr. 7-10
A nor’easter shuts down a small New England town and traps seven teenagers in their high school in this compelling tale that places the colloquial dealings of adolescence in a life-or-death situation. (BCCB 2/11)
O’Connor, Jane. The Snow Globe Family; illus. by
S.D. Schindler. Putnam, 2006. 5-8 yrs
The members of two families – one, the residents of a lovely nineteenth-century house and the other, a miniaturized version of the former in a snow globe – eagerly await the arrival the first snowstorm. (BCCB 12/06)
Sakai, Komako. The Snow Day; written and illus. by
Komako Sakai. Levine/Scholastic. 4-6 yrs
You can feel the hushed wonder of a snow-covered world in this Japanese import featuring a little bunny spending an intimate and unexpected day with her mother when the weather closes school. (BCCB 2/09)
Stead, Rebecca. First Light. Lamb/Random House,
2007. Gr. 5-7
Two worlds collide when twelve-year-old Peter accompanies his scientist parents on a trip to Greenland and accidentally stumbles across Gracehope, a secret society built under the ice. (BCCB 9/07)
Walker, Sally M. Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed.
Carolrhoda, 2010. Gr. 6-10
Beginning with an overview of the history and geography of the titular icy continent, Walker offers up a richly detailed and beautifully illustrated account of the various scientific discoveries involving Antarctica. (BCCB 11/10)
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