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Contributor(s): Gershator, Phillis, Matje, Martin (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0805067655     ISBN-13: 9780805067651
Publisher: Square Fish
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2001

Annotation: A favorite winter picture book for preschoolers is now available in paperback. Full color.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Snow; Fiction.
Animals; Fiction.
Stories in rhyme
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Classics
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Date & Time
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: BL2002002601
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: An Owlet Book
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 8.25" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs)
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Publisher Description:
"What if it starts "
"to snow?"
"What do you do?"
"Where do you go?"
What if it starts to snow. What do you do? Where do you go?" So begins this winter story, as each animal--from a mouse to a bear--tells us what it will do and where it will go when the snow starts to fall. Each takes cover in its own special home, except for one. Can you guess who?
Phillis Gershator's chant-along verse encourages listener participation, and is best enjoyed when read aloud. The inquisitive text and dashing illustrations by Martin Matje make this a delightful picture book for reading under the covers when the weather gets chilly. Poetic and imaginative, When It Starts to Snow celebrates winter in all its cozy glory.

Contributor Bio(s):

Phillis Gershator is the author of several books for children, including Bread Is for Eating, illustrated by Emma Shaw-Smith, which was a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection. She lives with her husband on the island of St. Thomas.

Martin Matje has illustrated many books for children in his native France. When It Starts to Snow marks his children's book debut in America. He lives with his family in Paris.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1999)
Gershator's rhyming text asks, ""What if it starts to snow? What do you do? Where do you go?"" and a menagerie of animals responds in turn. The repetition may please some ears, and Matje's gouache and colored pencil artwork is rich in texture with pleasing compositions and bold, playful characters. Copyright 1999 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2001 October #3)
"With words that roll off the tongue, pictures of charming woodland inhabitants and a dash of science, this book will have readers raring to go on a snow quest of their own," said PW in a starred review. Ages 4-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1998 November #2)
In this engaging picture book about the chain of events set in motion by a snowfall, a cluster of animals respond in rhyme to a boy's question: "What if it starts to snow? What do you do? Where do you go?" Gershator (Bread Is for Eating) writes with a simple, lilting eloquence, using the book's title as anincantatory closing refrain to each creature's response: " `The water is chilly,' says the fish./ `It's best to lie low.'/ Swish, shh, shh/ when it starts to snow." Once every animal has retreated to its proper refuge, a wordless spread of the boypeering out from among a stand of trees at a blanket of white mimics the silence that falls along with the snow. In the final pages, the boy emerges from his comfy bedroom to play ("Hip hip hurray!"). French artist Matje inventively renders the wintersky in the color of hot chocolate tinted with whipped cream, a perfect evocation of both the coziness and chill of a snowy day. This striking visual element provides the backdrop for his boldly graphic characterizations: a crow is formed on a simpleS-curve, a rooster and hen have the proportions of giant parade balloons and everyone, even the hulking bear, has tiny, bright eyes that peer out at the audience in comic wonder. With words that roll off the tongue, pictures of charming woodlandinhabitants and a dash of science, this one will have readers raring to go on a snow quest of their own. Ages 4-7. (Oct.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1998 November)
PreS-Gr 1-A young boy asks various wild and domestic animals how they prepare for the arrival of snow. The verse varies from forced ("`I look for seeds,'/says the sparrow./Peck, peck, peck/when it starts to snow") to scientifically inaccurate ("`We fly south,'/say the geese,/`all in a row'"). While the text is unexciting, Matje's gouache and colored-pencil illustrations are lively and the animals' expressions range from baleful to sly as they ponder what they do. The quality illustrations rescue this mediocre text.-Farida Shapiro, New York Public Library Copyright 1998 School Library Journal
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