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Author: Brian Biggs

Illustrator: Simon Abbott

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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Henry wakes up to snow. When mom suggests ice skating, Henry gets excited. It is slow going to the park, and there is lots to see from the car: trucks, cars, buses, even a dog pulling a sled. This is a beginning reader based on Brian Biggs' popular Everything Goes series.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is so much more than an easy reader! I love the idea of sharing it with toddlers and preschoolers to explore the illustrations (counting, colors, objects, cute little birds in hats!), then letting Kindergartners and first graders read and explore for themselves. Many of the illustrations have simple words or letters that complement the text.

Pros: Good story and great illustrations make this a perfect choice for a seasonal easy reader.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Especially if you have more than one reader-to-be at home. This is a nice addition for seasonal reading.

If You Liked This Book, Try: I WISH FOR SNOW   THE SNOWMAN (activity book)   ON A WINTRY MORNING

Educational Themes: The narrative is just right for developing readers, with plenty of sight words and some stretches, too (e.g., Zamboni). This is an easy reader you can easily use as a picture book with younger readers.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader series, sports, seasons

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2012

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