One snowy day

Diana Murray

Book - 2018

In this rhyming counting book, one energetic puppy and two children set out for some snowy day fun.

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Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky [2018]
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Main Author
Diana Murray (author)
Other Authors
Diana Toledano (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Review

A snowy day's outing is cast into simple rhyme with highlighted number words: Seven sleds glide / as one dog wags his tail. / They speed down the hill, / leaving eight curvy trails. Using paint and cut pieces of finely patterned material, Toledano crafts bright scenes of warmly clad children making snow angels, decorating a snowman, and engaging in other wintry occupations in an open, semirural setting. The children, led by a girl and her little brother, whose broad cheeks, brown skin, and blue-black hair could read as Latinx or Native American, make up a carefully diverse group. Their activities are all cooperative or pacific even their ten perfect snowballs are not thrown at each other but tossed up for Puppy to catch! There are no numerals to go with the one-to-ten number words, but each illustration features an appropriate set of boots, buttons, lampposts, or other items to count. A natural pairing for Ezra Jack Keats' Snowy Day, of course, but also a sweet, idyllic alternative for those occasions when the classic needs a rest.--John Peters Copyright 2018 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This snowy picture book is a superb way to encourage counting strategies for young children during the winter months and is a great jump start for sequencing ideas to support curriculum development. Filled with a diverse cast of children, it begins with snow covering the ground and one dog barking. Each number is written out, which makes this a more challenging text for children reading on their own, and each number is set apart in color and font size. The dog wakes up his two kids, and there is a great scene of the three of them stretching in a downward dog pose for yoga as they get ready for the day. As the story progresses, the brother and sister meet their friends, sled, make snow angels, and throw snowballs. Once they build a snowman, the countdown from ten begins as they chase their dog, who steals the snowman's carrot nose, and pass items in their town. The illustrations are a combination of mixed media and digital. Although it is winter, the children's clothing and the colors in the sky are vibrant and match the energy of the text. There are many books on counting as it is an important concept for young children, but well-done addition requires children to count in two directions. VERDICT -Recommended for all libraries serving young children, especially those where numerical concept books are in high demand.-Rachel Zuffa, Case High School, Racine, WI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

The delights of snow-day snow-play in a small town are enumerated in this early concept book for tots. Snow falls overnight. In early morning, one puppy barks and two small children wake up. All three smile as they look out the window onto the snow-covered grass. Rhyming text sets a gentle pace as they venture outside: The humans pull on four boots, then the trio pulls their sled past five pine trees. In this childcentric tale (no adults in sight), they are soon joined by a diverse cast of six friends eager to sled, make snow angels, and build snowmen. (The two protagonist children have light-brown skin and straight, blue hair.) The spelled-out numbers appear in large colorful type, but numerals are not includeda lapse. Blue and white dominate the wintry palette, and the white landscape gives readers' eyes plenty of space to focus on the items named and counted. A cozy feel is created by a series of soft, rounded shapes: puppy's bed, children's heads, snowballs, and pond. As the activities wind down, readers begin to count backward until the three are home again. The siblings enjoy two cups of cocoa and one puppy starts to doze. Although far from unique, this gambol allows parents and children room to talk about seasonal weather and activities. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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