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18 December 2012

{25 Days of Holiday Book Reviews}: Snow on Snow on Snow

Today's review comes is by Pam Sullivan.  Dr. Pam is a professor in the Reading Education Department at James Madison University, teaching both undergrads and grad students.  She was my professor for two of my classes, and I really enjoyed having her!  

Review: Snow on Snow on Snow by Cheryl Chapman (Dial, 1994)
Reviewed by Pam Sullivan
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This is an older but lovely winter book. Here is the summary from Goodreads:  A gentle, lyrical story is set in motion by repeated words as a boy wakes up "under blankets under blankets under blankets" and goes out into "snow on snow on snow" to go sledding "down down down the slopes."

Rather than a traditional story, this book is best viewed as a poem with illustrations. The rhythmic and soothing words tell the events of a snow day from waking to living “happily ever after, ever after, ever after”. The simple words are accompanied by graphic and bright illustrations. Synthia Saint James (illustrator) conveys emotion and a sense of childhood. Clancy, the dog, is particularly engaging.

In a school setting, I recommend this book for fluency work. Like many poems, it can help develop expression and prosody. The short length makes it a wonderful choice for rereading.

At home, this is a favorite read aloud with my four-year-old daughter. As she transitions from the emergent to the beginning stage of reading development, it is also one of my choices for her to read with/to me. The repetition and simple words make it a natural choice for choral and echo reading. As a read aloud, it reminds me of Ezra Jack Keats’ ‘A Snowy Day’ and it would be a good companion for that book in the classroom or at home.

Thank you, Pam!

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