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Author: Anna Milbourne

Illustrator: Elena Temporin

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Publisher: Usborne Publishing Limited,

Material: hard cover

Summary: When it snows, there are lots of things to explore. While we're exploring, we can learn all kinds of things about what happens in winter. This picture book describes a day in the snow, and complements it with facts about winter.

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

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

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 3

Age of Child: Read to 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child listened politely, but was in a hurry for us to finish this book. "I know, Mom" was a continual refrain.

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations make this a book with potential. The text, however, needs to decide what it wants to be. In some places the narrative is matter-of-fact (such as describing what a snowflake looks like, explaining what animals do in winter), but in others it is a more story-like (such as waving goodbye to a snowman).

Pros: The story in this book offers facts about what happens in winter. The illustrations are engaging.

Cons: The author tries to do too much. There are excellent books that blend facts with a storyline; this one misses the mark.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow it if you plan to use this as an introduction to activities. Otherwise, skip it and just go outside.


Educational Themes: This may be fun to read before you go outside. It is a nice primer for preschoolers on what winter is like.

Notes: This book is a nominee for a 2006 Mom's Choice Award, sponsored by the Just for Mom Foundation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, weather, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2007

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