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"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
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
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. :)
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.
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!
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.
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
Drew Graham
Like any snowfall, it started with just a few snowflakes. Everyone thought they would melt, even the news and weather reports, but one little boy and his dog are sure there's more to come...

This Caldecott Honor book was a nice little library find. It simply and perfectly evokes the delight and hope that everyone felt as a kid (and that I still do feel) when the first snowflakes started to fall, and the magic that followed, even if some insisted it would quickly melt. It's a charming illustrated
Snow is set in a gray-skied town with a big central square and a crooked skyline of narrow houses with leaning chimneys. The town has at least two bookshops (Mother Goose Books and More Books), and it is winter in the town: winter, and it's going to snow. The radio says it's not going to snow, and the television says it's not going to snow, but one little boy with a dog sees the first flake and is sure it'll turn into something that sticks. All the grown-ups disagree, as grown-ups do ("It's noth ...more
Uri Shulevitz, illustrator as well as author, fills his pages with many charming details that will delight readers with careful eyes. He is much like Sendak in that regard, and indeed, the people in this book look quite “Sendakian.”

The story is simple, but full of magic. A young boy is excited to see snowflakes start to fall, but the grumpy adults in the town pooh-pooh the idea that it will amount to anything.

Meanwhile, the snow keeps coming:

circling and swirling,
spinning and twirling,
Bailey Ubellacker
The cover of this Caldecott honor book pulls in the readers by containing many interactive elements. The tiny, fluffy dots of snow scatter the page, covering the entire title, town, and small child and dog playing in the bottom right corner. The snow even covers the tops of the title “Snow” making for even more detail. This illustration brings me back to my childhood as I loved sipping hot chocolate as I watched the snow fall outside, always hopeful for a snow day to come. I think young students ...more
As a perfect book to read during the wintertime, Shulevitz reminds us how the supposed "naiveté" of a child can actually be a misunderstanding on the part of the adult, as their innocence allows them to see the things that adults can't see and believe in something with all of their heart. The adults in this story did not believe that the snow would come to bring change to their gray town, but it's as though the boy's persistent faith is what made it happen. The characters in this book are intere ...more
Logan Draper
Snow is set in a dreary, gray city, where everything is dull, until a boy notices a snowflake. The boy becomes excited for the snowfall that will accompany it, and even though everyone in town tells him the flakes will melt, his excitement still remains. The snow continues to fall through the night, until the whole city is covered in bright, white snow. This book is a great read aloud for kindergarten and first graders, and would be a great book to read when introducing the concept of seasons. Y ...more
Lauren Briggs
Reading this book reminded me when I was young living in Washington I was always so excited when it snowed. Usually I didn't stick, but just seeing the snow flakes falling out of the sky was my favorite thing. Living in Rexburg now, I am not as excited when it snows. In Rexburg the snow stays forever, in Washington the snow melts the next day because of the rain. I think it is important for adults to step back and have the same excitement as young children have when it snows.
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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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