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 Snowmen at Christmas
 Author: Buehner, Caralyn

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2005)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm.

 BTSB No: 166663 ISBN: 9780803729957
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Snowmen -- Fiction
 Christmas -- Fiction
 Parties -- Fiction
 Stories in rhyme

Price: $22.08

On Christmas Eve, snowmen hold a party in the center of town and celebrate with food, music and dancing, and presents.

 Illustrator: Buehner, Mark
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: .5   Quiz: 102271
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.90
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 39909

Common Core Standards 
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/05)
   School Library Journal (10/05)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (11/05)

Full Text Reviews:

Bulletin for the Center... - 11/01/2005 Lots of Christmas picture books spy on animals who take on human characteristics on Christmas Eve, but what about the snowmen? It seems they have rituals of their own. Whole families of them, with their snow pets, gather in the center of town to check out the store windows, trim the community tree, snack on icy treats, dance, and await the arrival of snowman Kris Kringle, who “opens his sack/ With a jolly ‘Ho ho!’/ And pulls out their presents,/ Each made out of snow.” After some caroling, they glide sleepily back to their stations on lawns throughout the neighborhood, turning the day over to human revelers. Jingly rhymes are serviceable at best, but the draw is in Mark Buehner’s luminous vision of the midnight gathering. The classic three-ball snowpeople and their powdery surroundings take on the dramatic blue cast of the night sky, the rosy glow of decorative red string lights, or the golden shades of street lamps as the snowfolk swing their children between their stick arms, cradle their bulky, rigid little babies, and dance and cavort through town with remarkable grace for creatures without feet. The Buehners leave viewers with a parting challenge to find five hidden objects in each painting, a task that should keep the kids busy until, well, Christmas. - Copyright 2005 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

Booklist - 09/01/2005 One of the more charming new books of the holiday season, this reintroduces the jolly snowmen (and women) from Snowmen at Night (2002). This time they are enjoying the Christmas season, venturing out during the moonlit night (while children sleep) to gather in the town square. It's not what happens here (primarily a visit from a snow Santa and some carols round a tree) but the rich art that makes this special. As in the previous book, Buehner does magical things with light in his paintings. From the cover, where snow people frolic in the moody blues of evening to the scene of a city street where holiday lights cast a mellow glow to the quiet picture of a lightening morning sky, children will be enchanted by the hues of the acrylic artwork. The text is sprightly with a to-the-point rhyme scheme that only occasionally verges on singsong. Little ones, especially, will enjoy the celebration as the snow people relish their special night. - Copyright 2005 Booklist.

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