Uri Shulevitz, illustrator as well as author, fills his pages with many charming details that will delight readers with careful eyes. He is much like Sendak in that regard, and indeed, the people in this book look quite “Sendakian.”
The story is simple, but full of magic. A young boy is excited to see snowflakes start to fall, but the grumpy adults in the town pooh-pooh the idea that it will amount to anything.
Meanwhile, the snow keeps coming:
“circling and swirling,
spinning and twirling,
there, and there,
floating, floating through the air,
falling falling everywhere.”
The boy, his dog, and the characters from The Mother Goose Bookshop who have come alive all dance together in a joyful celebration of the snow, and of the miraculous change that snow effects on the world.
Evaluation: This award-winning book is a delightful way to share the enchantment of the first big snowfall with the preschool set.
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998; Boardbook edition 2012