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An artist makes his finest sculpture inspired by the winter's first snow, and although few know of its existence, the children who see it never forget it
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-Sculptor Gaston Pompicard celebrates the first winter storm by creating a large snow sculpture of all of the children in his neighborhood. One day, as he is recovering from a cold, he hears the sound of his young friends' laughter. He and his dog look out the window to discover that they have made a snow sculpture of him in honor of the last snow of winter. In this brief circular story, Johnston uses clipped sentences and gentle wit, both reminiscent of the Provensens' The Glorious Flight across the Channel with Louis Bleriot (Viking, 1983), and creates a story with a similar French setting. Henstra's watercolor-and-ink illustrations retain the lively, humorous quality readers enjoyed in his pictures for J. Patrick Lewis's The Tsar and the Amazing Cow (Dial, 1988) and Jay William's The Practical Princess (Parents, 1969; o.p.). Details such as the pretzel on the patisserie sign and the runny nose on the snow sculpture will please young readers. Many of them will also, no doubt, notice that while Johnston's text says Gaston dresses all in red, Henstra has given him a black beret and a beige muffler. The book might be linked with other stories set in France, such as Emily McCully's Mirette on the High Wire (Putnam, 1992), or paired with Charlotte Zolotow's Something Is Going to Happen (HarperCollins, 1988) for seasonal story hours.
Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gaston Pompicard, an artist who once worked for kings, uses the first snow of winter to sculpt likenesses of the neighborhood children. As he says, "A sculptor for kings is a fine thing to be. But a sculptor for friends is finer." When the last snow falls, Gaston is confined to bed with an interminable cold; to cheer him up, the grateful children sculpt him and his dog, Louisette. Johnston's ( Yonder ; The Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea ) light touch and slightly eccentric characters find their complement in Henstra's dynamic, cleanly composed watercolor-and-ink illustrations, which combine scribbly lines with a sedate palette. A diverting tale about generosity of spirit. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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