Praise and Reviews
"Snow is not an uncommon subject of picture books, but few have both the grace and exuberance of this lovely collaboration... the artwork, whether large-size pictures of children at play, cozy household vignettes, or double-paged spreads so packed with snow readers will want to reach in and make a snowball, is full of joy." --Booklist (starred)
"A single snowflake on a midnight-blue marbled background ushers readers into this quiet celebration of snow...In brief, lyrical text, Rylant... urges readers to savor the phenomenon, for it remains only briefly. Stringer’s acrylic paintings... display a world of snow-filled wonders. This is a gentle gem."
--School Library Journal
"...the Newbery Medalist delivers, her words drifting and blowing and coming ‘round to the children who “love the snow better than anyone else does”... Stringer’s illustrations are distinguished by lush, pillowy lines,... and center the narrative on a child and her grandmother in sync with the snow."
" … Stringer takes full advantage of the book's oversize dimensions and offers a range of perspectives. Her acrylic illustrations brim with blue-white crystal creations—flurries, drifts and snowflakes, no two alike. And when winter asserts itself at twilight, Stringer also shows grandmother and granddaughter staying warm inside, happy to be together: “It's the snow's turn now,” Rylant says as Stringer offers an aerial view of the house, “We'll watch it fall.” Like snow, the ending achieves a perfect silence."
"In any good picture book, words and pictures complement each other... Rarely do they resonate together as effectively as they do here. Stringer’s illustrations... excel in their use of color, accurately pinning down every mood... Beautifully paced the slow darkening that leads to a nocturnal snowfall, but not before an impressive set piece... in which the whole world glows sunset-pink except for its cerulean shadows. It’s awesome, in the sense that it evokes awe."
--New York Times Book Review
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