WHEN IT STARTS TO SNOW by Phillis Gershator

WHEN IT STARTS TO SNOW

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

What if it starts to snow? What do you do? Where do you go? begins this rudimentary wintertime natural history from Gershator (Sweet, Sweet Fig Banana, 1996, etc.). Citizens of the field, stream, and forest briefly sketch their doings when the flakes start falling; namely, they go someplace warm and do something useful, such as the sparrow's search for seeds, or the frog's descent into the mud of the pond. Most of the answers are set to rhyme with the original question, but not all, and that makes for a pleasing unpredictability in the proceedings. Each creature is given a page to air their intentions before the tempo quickens and another animal_a boy_races into the cold to celebrate the snow. A surprising amount of information is imparted by the brief text, and the illustrations are effective; Matje renders the winter sky in a pinkish gray and leaves much of the landscape a hushed white, broken only by footprints and pawprints. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-8050-5404-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1998




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