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School Library Journal - 10/01/1999 PreS- The snow falls and falls all night./In the morning everything is white./And everyone wants to play./Oh! It's a simple beginning for an innocent day of subdued glee. Double-page spreads feature a spare, repetitive text that's reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's work and faces framed illustrations of familiar animals and a duet of children on bright white backgrounds. For example, The dog wants to play./Run, run, run,/clever old dog accompanies a frisky red dog at play, and a bunny poised for jumping follows The rabbit wants to play./Hop, hop, hop,/shy little rabbit. Animals and children come together and the whole group is seen enjoying the snow-filled winter day on a hilly expanse. Finally, evening draws near. Rush on home./Good-bye, snow./See you again tomorrow./Oh! Imbued with a soft, fuzzy quality, the full-color acrylic illustrations evoke the haziness of falling snow, and the illustrator's choice of blue and white as dominant colors is gently soothing. A winter book that's sure to please.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information. - Copyright 1999 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 10/01/1999 Henkes’ playful paean to snowfall (“The snow falls and falls all night./ In the morning everything is white./ And everyone wants to play./ Oh!”) will strike a responsive chord in young toddlers. The square trim size is small enough for little hands, and the simply drafted acrylics (featuring a palette heavy on azure sky and white snow) have the familiarity of classroom-friendly student art, which lends a cozy cachet to the proceedings. The very simple storyline—the inspired snowplay antics of squirrel, rabbit, cat, dog, children, and cardinals—will easily transmit in lapsit storytimes and lends itself to all kinds of winter, weather, and animal activities. Henkes’ text has an ingenuous excitement that will appeal to the very young, and it may even remind older listeners of the time when snow days were a very good thing. - Copyright 1999 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Booklist - 10/01/1999 *Starred Review* A book with all the fun and magic that winter offers. The flakes fall all night, and the next morning all is white and everyone wants to play. “Oh!” the text reads, and this gentle exhalation captures in one syllable the wonder of newly fallen snow, especially to the fresh eyes of the intended audience. In neatly squared illustrations set against pure white backgrounds are pictures of bundled-up children and animals who want to wiggle their toes in the snow--the squirrel, the bunny, the cat, the dog, the birds. Dronzek’s acrylic art sweetly matches the unembellished text, but there are hints of humor, as well: the tail of a previously pictured animal takes up a corner of the new illustration. A final two-page spread shows the children building a snow rabbit as the animals cavort around them. As soft as snow, this book’s simple, playful premise will make readers sigh, “Oh!” - Copyright 1999 Booklist.