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When It Starts to Snow

by Phillis Gershator
Illustrated by Martin Matje

Published by Henry Holt, 1998
32 pages
ISBN: 0-8050-5404-9

Ages 2-4

What if it starts to snow? / What do you do? / Where do you go?" Brief rhymed responses within a pattern of repetition hint at what some creatures do: mouse, cat, black crow, sparrow, geese, beaver, fish, pig, cow, hen, rooster, worm, stoat, frog, deer, bear. At the end we see what a bat, snake, raccoon, squirrel, mole, rabbit, wolf and chipmunk do, too. What does a child want to do? Go out to play! Despite the large roster of creatures introduced in Gershator's short text, Matje's crisp lines and generous uses of white energize the simple idea. CCBC categories: Seasons and Celebrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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