Big Snow  -     By: Jonathan Bean
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Big Snow

Farrar Straus Giroux / 2015 / Hardcover

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Based off of the author's own childhood, Big Snow by Jonathan Bean is about a little boy's excitement for a snowstorm. It's just before a holiday and the little boy is helping his mother clean the house and get ready for guests---all the while, the boy curiosity for the "big snow" grows and grows. With every task, the boy is reminded of the wonder that snow brings---from its fluffy, cold consistency to the peaceful feeling it brings when the ground is good and covered. Beautifully illustrated, this picture book is a wonderful wintertime story for children who are itching for that first "Big Snow" of the season.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 11.20 X 8.80 X 0.40 (inches)
ISBN: 0374306960
ISBN-13: 9780374306960

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Publisher's Description

While "helping" his mother with holiday housecleaning, a boy keeps a watchful eye on the progress of a winter storm. He's hoping for a big snow. A really big snow. Inside, he is underfoot, turning sheet-changing and tub-scrubbing into imaginary whiteouts. Outside, flakes are flying. But over the course of a long day (for Mom) the clouds seem slow on delivering a serious snowfall. Then comes a dreamy naptime adventure, marking just the beginning of high hopes coming true in this irresistible seasonal story.

Author Bio

Jonathan Bean received an M.F.A. from New York's School of Visual Arts and now lives and works in Pennsylvania. His first book, At Night, won a 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and his latest book, Building Our House, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Jonathan is also the illustrator of two acclaimed picture books by Lauren Thompson, The Apple Pie That Papa Baked and One Starry Night.

Editorial Reviews

The turn of the season often elicits from children the first wistful conversations about snow: When will it come? How much will there be? These are the questions that consume a preschooler in Jonathan Bean's quietly lovely Big Snow. Trailing his mother about the house as she cooks and cleans, 'helping' her so enthusiastically that he doubles the work, little David wonders about the weather. As flakes begin to cover the streets, and David's excitement grows, we alternate between snug indoor scenes and the sight of the child's neighborhood disappearing--at last!--beneath a heavy blanket of white. A glimpse of the end of autumn, if not quite yet.
*Terrific . . . [Bean's] subtly rhythmic prose and elegant, astute watercolors hit just the right notes of comedy, suspense, and fantasy.
*Winter's chills, rituals and resulting familial closeness, rendered in simple, surprisingly poignant drawings, make this a perennial read at first frost.
Bean uses soft pastels to depict a warm kitchen, loving parents, and a yellow cat, whose presence can be spied on every page.
Bean's superbly patterned text builds anticipation, and his pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations make clear links between what is going on in David's imagination and what is happening out in the real world. The warm illustrations showing brown-skinned David's cozy home provide a nice contrast to the occasional wordless double-page spread showing the outdoors, with an ever-increasing amount of snow. Young readers are sure to identify with David's longing and excitement.

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