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|One snowy morning|
Author: Tseng, Kevin
A squirrel and a chipmunk spot an odd assortment of objects stuck into a big pile of snow and set out to discover how each can be used.
Kirkus Reviews (10/01/19)
School Library Journal (12/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 PreS-Gr 1—The title sets the scene as two friends, a chipmunk and squirrel, stumble upon a snowman complete with a top hat, a collection of buttons, scarf and mittens, and even a carrot nose. Yet the woodland creatures have never seen such a thing and start to disassemble the parts, guessing what each item is for. The chipmunk and squirrel pilfer the snowman's nose to make a soup and host a party, eventually returning the borrowed bits for someone else to enjoy. Told alternatively through narration and animal speech bubbles, this clever story is sweet and endearing. Each item the snowman is wearing is given a creative name and purpose, which offer readers rich opportunities for imaginative exploration along with new vocabulary. In this way, the story is reminiscent of Antoinette Portis's Not a Box or Not a Stick, with more narrative and talking woodland creatures. Wulfekotte's illustrations provide thoughtful animation to the story, with comical facial expressions and subtle details (such as a curious owl or the chipmunk with its tongue hanging out, drooling over his soup) that give the creatures vitality. VERDICT A quick, amusing read, this would be a good pick for most collections looking to round out their winter-themed selections.—Kaitlin Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.