This Place in the Snow
by Rebecca Bond
Here is the perfect picture book to share with young ones who wait all year long for the first snowfall. In this exquisite tale, a snow falls silently during the night, blanketing a town in white. The children awaken in the morning to the sounds of a plow and rush outside. A mountain of snow waits for them. What will it become? Together they round and mound and shape and c...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 18th 2004 by Dutton Juvenile
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This was a really cute book about children who wake up to the sounds of a snowplow. Everyone knows what that sound means, it's time to go out and play in the snow, to build snowmen and dig tunnels. This book beautifully captures what it is like on that first snow day and the excitement from children. I like that the pictures were very expressive and made me wish that I was there with the characters. After working and working at making walls and pathways and tunnels, the children finally have an...more
Do you remember building forts and castles in the snow? I remember digging long tunnels and secret caves deep in the snow in our puffy snow suits. Rebecca Bond takes the memories of her child and displays it on the pages of this beautiful book with color, excitement, and grace. As most good snow books, THIS PLACE IN THE SNOW begins the morning after a huge snowstorm. House full of children race through breakfast to run outside and harvest grand plans for the snow. They work all day and the resul...more
The illustrations aren't my favorite and the overall storyline doesn't move you, but I'd give her five stars for her use of words. It's refreshing to read a children's book that takes such care to provide imagery through rich description. Example: "A silent snow fell all night long. It lay like lace along the trees. It hatted the houses. It capsuled the cars in thick and snowy white." I appreciate that the author is writing about a favorite memory from her childhood. Almost four stars.
What a wonderful, poetic book of snow. Rarely are snow plows described with such reverence; it made my 5-year-old listen for plows outside as we read this together during a snowstorm. The different ways of describing snow is beautiful, and the detailed pictures gave the kids ideas for building their own snow fort.