Moria Fain; Moira Fain Snow Day

ISBN 13: 9780802784094

Snow Day

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9780802784094: Snow Day

Although Sister Agatha Ann asks her to write a poem, Maggie wants to draw it instead; a day of playing together in the snow resolves the dilemma.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4?Fain's first picture book is a heartwarming tribute to special childhood memories of schools closed due to winter storms. Maggie Murphy is happier than most students that there's no school at St. Bridget's one morning because her teacher, Sister Agatha Ann, has given her a dreaded homework assignment; she is to write a poem and recite it in front of the entire class. Maggie's day of freedom is short-lived, for who should appear at the sledding hill but Sister Agatha Ann and several other nuns for some fun in the snow. Student and teacher both learn to appreciate the need for poetic and illustrative art forms after they share Maggie's sled and win the race to the bottom of the hill. The text has a lyrical quality and beautiful imagery?"Her neighborhood was covered in deep, blue softness, as if every cloud in the sky had fallen to the ground"?set off by luminous oil illustrations that perfectly depict the skies of late December when snow is in the air. Children will identify immediately with Maggie and her dilemma. Few will realize that the story is set more than 30 years in the past until the author's clue on the final page. This timeless quality will ensure that Snow Day remains a favorite winter read-aloud for years to come.?Maura Bresnahan, Topsfield Town Library, MA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

The wintry dream of children everywhere?school cancellation due to snow?comes true in Fain's picture book debut, a period piece set in 1961. Maggie Murphy has cleverly disguised her habits of chewing gum and writing notes in Sister Agatha's class?until now. Sister Agatha catches Maggie off guard and punishes her with an extra homework assignment, an original poem to be read aloud to the class. Maggie fails to write the poem, but she is reprieved. An overnight snowstorm buys her some time and provides for an enlightening chance meeting with her strict teacher on School Hill, the best place for sledding. The lightweight text brims with the stereotypical details of a large Irish Catholic family, and the poem Maggie finally composes ends the story on a somewhat treacly note, but several descriptive turns of phrase fuel the story's energy. Fain's accomplished, atmospheric oil paintings successfully set both a mood and sense of place. Sister Agatha will surely prove an unusual sight to most young readers; perhaps the chief pleasure in the image of nuns in their long black habits sledding down a snowy hill is reserved for those who remember the days of more formal religious dress. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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