Snowsong Whistling (Picture Puffins)

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9780140558654: Snowsong Whistling (Picture Puffins)

Winter is on the way, but first there are pumpkins plumping, apples thumping, and sweet cider pumping. From forest to fiels,school to home, and harvest to holidays, this invigorating poem celebrates the activities of autumn and the approach of winter. "The spirited rhythm is infectious. Kleven's zippy multimedia collages are splashed with vibrant swatches of colors and patterns." --Publishers Weekly,starred review

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PreSchool-Grade 2-"There's a crisp in the air/ From I-don't-know-where/But it might be/A snowsong whistling." So begins this nostalgic picture book that celebrates the sights, sounds, and smells of winter. The setting is a rural world, a heady mix of the past (one-room schoolhouses and sleighs pulled by horses) and the present (modern farm equipment and a multiracial, nongender-stereotyped cast of characters). The writing is good, for the most part, although occasionally either sound or sense get a bit muddy ("Soon we'll all know why/ Ringing low beneath the sky/Echoes chorus from/The snowsong whistling."). But the illustrations are glorious. Kleven uses mixed-media collage and a quilt motif to wonderful effect, a perfect match for the New England look she has created. The exuberance of the figures, the fascinating details and designs, the sense of joy in the natural world and the love of family and friends: all are here for children to pore over and delight in. While the writing is not as strong as the pictures, this is worth considering (and has definite potential as a classroom creative writing starter).
Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

The first brisk breeze of winter--a possible "snowsong whistling"--invigorates this poem about the approaching season. Crackling verse celebrates autumn with a series of lively images: "Pumpkins plumping / Bluegills jumping / Apples thumping / Sweet cider pumping." Some lines strain to meet a rhyme scheme, resulting in a few phrases that may need to be explained to younger readers ("Scarecrow faking," "Groundhog holing"). The spirited rhythm is nonetheless infectious. Kleven's zippy multimedia collages are splashed with vibrant swatches of colors and patterns, and framed by several delicately designed borders. Joyous, brightly clad children dot backgrounds sprinkled with leaves and snowflakes to create a kaleidoscope of activity. Even the staunchest beach lovers may be tempted to reevaluate cool weather. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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