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FIRST SNOW by Bernette Ford


by Bernette Ford & illustrated by Sebastien Braun

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8234-1937-1
Publisher: Holiday House

Attempting to convey the beauty of the natural world and a heartwarming story about a bunny’s first snow, this text has set its sights too high. The sweet story of a small bunny leaping about in the snow is rather lost amid the talk of the gray wolf, chipmunks and children building a snowman. Incongruously, “It is dark—a winter night. The moon is bright, barely there behind a lazy haze of gray. . . Now bunnies race across the meadow, leaving paw prints as they go. Hopping . . . stumbling . . . rolling . . . tumbling . . . playing in the cold first snow.” The illustrations follow the curious, sometimes clashing, mix of the text. Adorable drawings of the bunnies and other wild creatures follow gorgeous nature scenes suitable for framing. While the bunnies’ facial expressions are rather static, their body language speaks volumes as they cavort about and enjoy the snow. An interesting combination of nature and picture book, neither of which truly shines in their competition. (Picture book. 4-8)