BEFORE MORNING by Joyce Sidman
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BEFORE MORNING

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A child yearns for the snow day that will keep her mother, an airplane pilot, home.

Krommes' inimitable scratchboard illustrations play with perspective and point of view as they flesh out Sidman’s short poem, written in the form of an invocation. Washed with orange, tan, and icy blue, they open and close with landscapes reminiscent of Virginia Lee Burton’s work. Moving in on the scene, readers see street traffic and park pigeons. Fallen leaves indicate the season. Mother, child, and dog leave the park, passing a bakery. Three wordless spreads set up the story; on the fourth, the poem begins. It’s set with just a few words on the double-page images; some spreads need no words. The pacing is perfect. Careful readers will relish the details and concoct back stories of their own. Overnight, the pilot tiptoes away, just as snowflakes begin to fall. Gradually, park, roads, and cars are covered with snow. Finally she gets to the airport. No planes will fly. Instead, mother returns to a snow-covered world, where all three can breakfast together, toboggan in the park, and celebrate with hot chocolate and cupcakes. A snow day dream! The straight-haired mother and child are nearly genderless, and they are washed with the same peach color as the leaves. On the final endpapers, elaborate blue-tinged crystals float over the quiet snow-covered town.

Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-547-97917-5
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: HMH Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2016




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