Some Snow Is...
by Yeomans, Ellen; Offermann, Andrea (ILT)

Three young neighbors share a cozy wintry season marked by different kinds of snow, fun-filled outdoor activities and the eventual arrival of spring. By the author of The Other Ducks. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Ellen Yeomans knows snow. She was born and spent much of her life just outsi de of snowy Syracuse, New York-where it is not uncommon for the first snow to begin in late October and continue until May. Ellen is the author of many books for young readers, including the picture book The Other Ducks, illustrated by Chris Sheban, and a young adult novel, Rubber Houses. She now lives and teaches English in Prague.

Andrea Offermann is the illustrator of The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful by Nancy Tupper Ling, J. A. White's The Thickety series, M.  T. Anderson's graphic novel Yvain: The Knight of the Lion, and more. She was born and raised in Cologne, Germany, and graduated from Art-Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a bachelor's degree in illustration.

Snow. Can't wait for it to appear. Can't wait for it to disappear. From the first hopeful glimpse of what might be the First Snow to an impatient farewell to lingering Spring Snow, Yeomans captures the ever changing nuances of the frozen precipitation and how children interact with it. A simple, repetitive rhyme scheme (all but the fourth line of each verse ends with "snow," and fourth-line pairs rhyme) is soothing and rhythmic, but precise verbs and adjectives make the story shine. "Arms fly up and down snow. / Legs sweep along the ground snow. / Move and flop again snow, / a flock of angels sings." Joyful neighborhood children of diverse races and their equally exuberant pet dogs build snow forts and stage snowball battles, create snow tunnels and slides after shoveling out, and even enjoy "the best snow is Snow Day Snow. / Can't go out in that snow. / Too much coming down snow, / a world of swirling white." (Look for the snoozing Snow Day dogs.) Realistic illustrations are done in pen, ink, and watercolor with digital touches and are a bi t reminiscent of Trina Schart Hyman's work. Scenes morph from fall through winter to spring and incorporate snow from soft flurries to blinding blizzards. A perceptive, three-season-ish celebration of snow perfect for a snuggly read. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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