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SNOW MUSIC

By Lynne Rae Perkins (Author) , Lynne Rae Perkins (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-06-623956-7
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins

An uncomplicated story about a boy who awakens to the wonder of an overnight snow, opens his backdoor, accidentally lets his dog escape, and searches for his pet with a neighbor. Endpapers covered with snowflake notes signal that in Perkins’s hands, this is anything but ordinary. As the title indicates, this is a visual and textual choral piece that includes opportunities for listeners to join in. It opens with the susurrant sound of the falling snow and the invitation that “everyone whisper.” Members of the “ensemble” (bird, rabbit, squirrel, deer, dog, children) are introduced as the day begins. Text replicates the shape of tracks left in the snow, which sometimes become the onomatopoetic sounds that make the snow music. Tire tracks become musical staffs. The watercolor palette is icy blue and white, and earthy brown with touches of color like the red in the dog’s tags and boy’s boots. The story comes full circle, ending with the snow globe on the cover . . . a miniature replica of the children’s whisper-quiet winter world. Masterful and unique. (Picture book. 4-7)