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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  2,638 ratings  ·  199 reviews
"It's snowing, said boy with dog.
"It's only a snowflake," said grandfather with beard.

No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything. Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella. Not even the television or the radio forecasters. But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 15th 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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I love the confidence of the little boy who realizes its the beginning of the first snowfall of the season, while all the adults pooh-pooh it as just a few flakes. The town and its inhabitants have such character; this is a quick, delightful read. As my GoodReads friend Lisa said, the story and illustrations in this book are funny and comforting; a wonderful mix.
Lisa Vegan
Very enjoyable!

I was enchanted with this book. It’s just lovely, and fun and whimsical. I loved the dog!

It’s a very simple but very enjoyable story. The illustrations are fabulous.

I didn’t at all need the Mother Goose characters participating; I think the story would have been better without them, but they’re okay and without them for me this book is near perfection.

So much is told without words: that grandfather lives with the family, that the town has at least two bookstores, and how snowfall
This is the actual first story that I have read from popular children’s illustrator Uri Shulevitz, aside from the popular book “The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship.” “Snow” is a Caldecott Honor Book by Uri Shulevitz which is about a small boy wishing for snow in his small city. “Snow” might be a bit simplistic for some children, but snow lovers will definitely enjoy this book!

The book starts off with an image of a gray city and then suddenly, one snowflake starts falling towards the city a
**** Caldecott Honor (1999) ****

A grey town turns into a wonderland for a boy and his imagination when it begins to snow. Simple and pleasant, but not very memorable.
I really like Uri Shulevitz' quirky illustrations in this one. The snowflakes, while tiny, are perfectly visible. And Shulevitz' people are very fun. My favorite is "woman with umbrella." My favorite line in the book, when it continues to snow despite predictions on the radio and televion, is: "But snowflakes don't listen to radio, snowflakes don't watch television." I didn't quite understand why the Mother Goose characters came down from the display at the Mother Goose Books bookstore to dance ...more
A beautiful and simple book about winter. My kids were riveted, and so was I.
It amazes me how something as simple as snow can change everything. The look, pace, and feel of the day! This captures that feeling perfectly—the anticipation in your heart and belly as the flakes start to float down from the sky--that something is about to happen!

I loved the look of this book too. The guy with the boom box! I want him on a t-shirt ASAP! :D


Terri Lynn
I love this children's picture book about a snowy day and the little boy and dog who enjoy it. I also love the artwork which is reminiscent of some of the picture books written and illustrated in the 1040's, 1950's and 1960's which I enjoyed as a child in the 1960's.

The city and sky are quite gray and boring until the very first snowflake falls. Immediately alert, a little boy and his dog look out the window and see the snowflake. The boy dances with excitement though his grandfather says it is
Nicely illustrated story about snow, a subject well known to the Northeastern U.S. this year. We got another 6+ inches today.
Love, love, love this book. What a great, quiet example of the power of picture books. It's not only a beautiful little story, but sends an important message that it's okay to trust your own eyes and instincts —no matter what other people (or even television and radio) may say. Simple text, gorgeous drawings. A perfect little book. ...more
ღ Carol jinx~☆~
I loved the illustrations in this book. The story was great and had some excellent lines about snow not listening to radio or watching TV.
One of my favorites ... so simple, and so beautiful ... just perfect. Always makes me cry. :)
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My children and I loved this book about the slow beginning of a snowstorm that builds into a steady storm. We loved the simplicity and the Russian flair (few or no articles in the sentences). I loved the initial denial by adults in the story that the snow was going to happen. I also loved the joy depicted when the city turns from grey and gloomy to bright and white with the snow. My children loved the strange magical creatures that danced off into the snow. A simple and fun joy.
Amanda Deatherage
Snow is a good book for teaching young readers about winter weather. The story follows a young boy and his dog through a city as it begins to snow. The little boy is quite excited but everyone he passes keeps saying its nothing. Eventually the entire city gets covered in snow, and the little boy and his dog play while the others walk by covered in white. Being a lover of snow, I loved the pictures in this book. I thought the book did an excellent job of depicting the progression of a snowfall fr ...more
Mary Jo Garcia
This is a Caldecott Honor book, and it's easy to see why. The illustrations are amazing. It's not easy to make snow pop off the page. It's white! The illustrator and author had the brilliant concept of making the city start out as a monochromatic grey and slowly beocme blanketed in snow. The process is depicted as magical for the boy in the book but burdensome for adults -- just as it is in the real world.
We went to the library today to check out my grandson's beloved "Snow Sounds". Then he decided he wanted lots of "Snow" books and this is one the librarian found for us, along with "The Snowy Day".
"Snow" is a quick book so read it slowly to your grandchildren. It's a book of anticipation, of hoping for a major snow fall from a child's point of view. The illustrations are lovely and sow is the book!
Jessica Schuerman
(Charlotte Zolotow)

This book starts out with a little boy looking at his town looking all gray from the clouds. He goes through town saying it is going to snow. Everyone in town says it't only a few snow flakes. That doesn't stop the boy from believing his town will be covered with snow. He keeps on saying snow, even when everyone thinks he is crazy. By the end of the night his town is no longer gray, but instead it is all white due to all the snow.

This book names the characters by items they ha
This was a fun little children’s book. The way that they characters were drawn in this book were quite comical. I found myself amused at their exaggerated proportions. The story was a simple one, but one that would still amuse children. I would probably recommend this book.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Having just read the children's non-fiction title, the Story of Snow this Caldecott honor book was the perfect follow up. It begins with a young boy seeing just one flake of snow and as the illustrations progress more and more flakes arrive covering the town. It is charming that the only store front sign that one can read says "Mother Goose Books". Lovely and peaceful--just like snow.
Erin Brockway
This story is about a little boy and his dog who have faith that something spectacular will come from the one or two snowflakes that he sees. All the other people in the story do not believe anything will come of those few snowflakes. This story shows that if you have faith or believe in something it could amount to something spectacular. I thought this book was okay. It has not been one of my favorites. It uses some rhyming throughout the story and the illustrations show the boys excitement for ...more
A gentle, magical picture book reminiscent of Sendak, though with a distinct Eastern European syntax. All the weather forecasters say no snow; but a flake falls. "Boy with dog" notices. Other characters-- man with coat, woman with hat, etc. dismiss his observation; but the boy with dog continues to comment as the flakes increase. Boy and dog wander the streets of a old-style European town in the increasing snow. Eventually they are joined by mother goose figures from above a bookshop window, and ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
by Uri Shulevitz
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Snow is the Caldecott Honor book from 1988. Through very simple text and beautiful illustrations, the story is told of a coming storm. A little boy and his dog see a snowflake on a dark and cloudy winter day. The little boy is very excited but everyone seems to dismiss the snow because not very much falls at first.
The illustrations were far more interesting to me than the text. The t
Although adults are often naysayers, sometimes they are wrong. In this case, a young boy watches as first one and then a second and then a third snow flake starts to fall. One snowflake won't amount to much, the adults around him tell him. But guess what? They're wrong, and snowflake after snowflake, the snow piles up, turning his gray city into a white wonderland where even adults can frolic. The softly-hued illustrations, set against a white backdrop, feature all sorts of individuals with expr ...more
Dec 05, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
This is an imaginative tale about a snowy day. No one believed it would snow except for "boy with dog." Fun illustrations and simple narrative that is perfect for beginning readers.
Kate Hastings
Nov 10, 2007 Kate Hastings rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre-K
Shelves: winterstorytimes
Somber pictures...snow is predicted, but nobody believes it, even as snowflakes begin to appear. Very few words, and it's all in HOW you read it that makes it special.
Harrison Yates
This book would be a great book to read to a kindergarten or first grade classroom during the winter. Shulevitz child-friendly language gives the teacher the option to have this book as a read loud book or a book that a child could read on their own. The book will easily help the child understand the concept that the weather can be unpredictable and to not solely depend on the radio for a 100% accurate forecast. The illustrations within keep the child interested and excited to keep reading so th ...more
Kristalina O'bannon
This book was fun to read and would be good to read to children on the first snow day in winter. The illustrations are very detailed even though there is little color on them, they are mainly different shades of gray and browns. It might be a good book to have children dig deeper into about why the author and illustrator choose little color. Children could also be asked to find a theme throughout book, which might be children are not always consider smart and trustworthy by adults. I am not quit ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Rienzi added it
This book is about a little boy and his dog getting excited about the snow. At first they see only a little, but no one believes that it will actually snow. We see the boy and the dog walking around waiting as the snow falls faster and faster. The theme of this book could be something like joy or excitement. We see that the little boy is so excited about something so simple, while all the adults around him could care less. I could use this book in the classroom when teaching the children about w ...more
Hadley Webb
Feb 04, 2015 Hadley Webb marked it as to-read
Shelves: concept-book
This book has a great Appel to emotions. I feel like everyone can relate to that feeling of wanting the snow to stick and it just won't. In this book the boy keeps thinking the snow will stick and it doesn't until the end. I would definitely read this book again and share it as well, with the main character being a young boy a young audience is already able to relate. Reading this book close to the Christmas holidays would be an ideal time because it just got cold but hasn't been cold long enoug ...more
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Uri Shulevitz is a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, on February 27, 1935. He began drawing at the age of three and, unlike many children, never stopped. The Warsaw blitz occurred when he was four years old, and the Shulevitz family fled. For eight years they were wanderers, arriving, eventually, in Paris in 1947. There Shulevitz developed an enthusiasm ...more
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