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|Big bed for Little Snow|
Author: Lin, Grace
When winter comes, Mommy makes a soft bed for Little Snow to sleep on, but each night he cannot resist jumping on the bed, causing tiny feathers to fly down.
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/19)
School Library Journal (10/01/19)
The Hornbook (+) (00/09/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2019 At the start of winter, Little Snow’s mother makes him a new bed. It’s warm and filled with fluffy feathers, and Mommy knowingly reminds him that the bed is “for sleeping, not jumping.” Like all mischievous children, Little Snow cannot resist defying his mother, and as soon as he is alone, he does exactly what she said not to: jump, jump, jump! With each jump, a puff of feathers escapes from a split corner of the bouncy, cloud-like bed, but whenever he hears his mother coming, he pretends to be asleep. So it goes all winter, with Little Snow releasing more and more feathers until one day they’re all gone and—at just the right moment—a secret is revealed. Lin’s use of color, pattern, and white space—stylistically similar to her Caldecott Honor Book A Big Mooncake for Little Star (2018)—elegantly foreshadow the surprise. Lin might be onto something with her inventive visual approach, and her fans will appreciate this heartwarming tale of human nature. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2019 PreS-Gr 1—When Little Snow's mother makes him a big, round bed filled with warm feathers, the boy cannot resist jumping on it despite his Mommy's warning, "Remember…this bed is for sleeping, not jumping." Though he nods in agreement, every time his mom leaves the room, the mischievous tyke pounces. Little by little, tiny feathers escape until one day, a particularly energetic bounce produces a large tear creating an avalanche. "What a lot of feathers fell that day!" A double-spread reveals a panorama of snow-capped buildings with family-filled windows marveling at the snow-filled sky. When his mother notices the deflated bed, she smiles indulgently as the clever child points out that he's saved her the trouble of emptying the old feathers; she need only replace them next year. Both mother and child wear white pajamas with soft blue snowflakes against a stark white background. The plump, round bed is also light blue with a matching blanket and a little brown stuffed toy dachshund that serves as both pillow and cuddly. The endpapers feature white birds in flight against a pale blue sky. This heartwarming story offers a fanciful explanation of snow while capturing the love and playfulness between a mother and son. VERDICT A simple, sweet choice for a winter toddler storytime, bound to be a bedtime favorite.—Barbara Auerbach, Cairo Public Library, NY - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.