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Library : Book Reviews > Snow

Written and Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz

Review by: Christina Mark

     Why is it that the first snowfall of the year always seems to be the most beautiful and magical one of the year? O.k., probably because we quickly get tired of shoveling and having to drive in it, but none the less the first always seems the most magnificent. In this award-winning story, a young boy with his dog watches in anticipation as the snow slowly begins to fall one snowflake at a time. As the boy excitedly announces to everyone that he sees "It's snowing!", one by one they discount it by telling him that it will melt and it won't last. Everyone, from the boy's grandfather to the weatherman on TV, states that what little snow is falling will not amount to anything and won't even cover the ground. The boy doesn't care and keeps looking to the skies as more and more snow begins to fall. Soon the city is dramatically changed from a dull dreary gray to a bright, crisp white. This story is told with lovely descriptions of the snowflakes as they dance to the ground. The book is written in such a beautiful poetic style that really brings forth the enchantment of a quiet spellbinding snowfall--one in which the world seems to be transfixed in a feeling of genuine peacefulness.
This really is a lovely book and young children particularly enjoy finding and counting all of the stray snowflakes that appear in the beginning of the book when it is just starting to snow. I recommend this book for children ages 2 - 6.

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