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COUNTING ON SNOW by Maxwell Newhouse


by Maxwell Newhouse & illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Nov. 9th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-88776-985-6
Publisher: Tundra

A quiet Arctic counting book takes readers from “10 caribou crunching” and “9 muskoxen mingling” down to “2 snowy owls swooping” and “1 moose, silent in the falling snow.” Dramatic oils contained within frames against glossy white pages present each group of animals with minimal descriptive text on recto; turn the page and the same group is presented, wordlessly, in a slightly different attitude (in a comical touch, the caribou all present their rumps to readers, but Newhouse wisely does not overplay this joke). As the countdown proceeds, the snow begins to fall, getting heavier with each panel until it nearly obscures the animals; the effect of the snow over the five wolves, for hares, three polar bears and two snowy owls—all white to begin with—is spectacular, and readers will feel the chill. Lovely and, thanks to its small trim, intimate. (Picture book. 2-5)