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Oh!

by Kevin Henkes
Illustrated by Laura Dronzek

Published by Greenwillow, 1999
24 pages
ISBN: 0-688-17054-4

Ages 2 - 4

After the snow "falls and falls all night," everyone wants to get out to play in it the next morning: a squirrel, rabbit, dog, cat, birds, and children. Kevin Henkes' understated, lyrical text captures all the joy of a fresh snowfall. Readers, too, are invited to experience the wonder by playing with all the possible moods evoked by changing the intonation of the single word, "oh!" The shared experience is exquisitely reflected in Laura Dronzek's acrylic paintings which use sharply contrasting blue and white to express the bracing cold of a snowy day, contained in small square-shaped frames which give a sense of warmth and intimacy. At the days end, when the "snow turns blue," we get a satisfying recapitulation of the day before the children rush inside. Through the window their cozy home, the children are pleased to see the snow falling once again, creating a new world of wonder for the next day. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Children; Seasons and Celebrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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