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White Snow, Bright Snow

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  2,276 ratings  ·  152 reviews
When the first flakes fell from the grey sky, the postman and the farmer and the policeman and his wife scurried about doing all the practical things grownups do when a snowstorm comes. But the children laughed and danced, and caught the lacy snowflakes on their tongues. All the wonder and delight a child feels in a snowfall is caught in the pages of this book -- the frost ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 28th 1988 by HarperCollins (first published April 1st 1947)
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This won the Caldecott Medal in 1947. I'm not really "up" with my 1940s picture book knowledge so don't have any way of saying if it deserved it. It's certainly not one of my top illustrated reads. But, that said, I really did enjoy reading it since it just feels so nostalgic and nice--like watching one of those great old Christmas movies or some old slides of my parents' childhood Christmas mornings ;-) The story itself is pretty simple, nothing really stellar in the telling; it's been
Shanna Gonzalez
Alvin Tresselt has a gift for describing natural phenomena in a way that is easy for children to understand. This story opens with three poetic stanzas giving tribute to a snowfall, then proceeds into a story in which a 1940's small town experiences a snowfall. Each of the four grownups in the story attends to adult activities to prepare for the snow, but the children anticipate it gleefully, waiting for the magic of snow which means an instant holiday. While the adults man shovels, catch colds, ...more
While the adults around them make preparations for a possible large snowfall, the children just can't wait to frolic as the fleecy flakes float down from the sky. The poetic text and color-splashed illustrations capture the anticipation and delight with which the snow is greeted. Because the illustrator has chosen a primarily gray palette, the touches of red and yellow he uses really stand out. I like a lot of the language used in the book ["Automobiles looked like big fat raisins buried in snow ...more
Sarah Bennett
This story begins with a poem about snow, describing its heavy and gentle effects. The poem shares about how each perspective of snow can affect a different aspect of human and animal lifestyles. A few of the characters introduced in this story are a postman, a farmer, a policeman and his doting wife, a family of rabbits, and a group of school children. Each character had a unique connection with how to anticipate the coming of snow in the winter season. There was much preparation taken by each ...more
Madeline Isaak
This book is a tremendous story that uses many pictures and words to explain snow. White Snow, Bright Snow was very well written and extremely descriptive. The author used many adjectives to get the reader to understand what was happening in the story. This helped the students comprehend what the author was trying to express. The coloring in this story is everywhere, which causes the reader to look at everything. The illustration guides the reader throughout the tale. I enjoyed reading this stor ...more
Samantha Holler
White Snow, Bright Snow is an adorable picture book that describes a small town’s reaction to snow. It starts off with multiple reasons why the town believes it is going to snow. Then it proceeds to show the town’s activities when it does snow. And finally, it shows when spring has come and the winter is over. I thought this book was adorable because it shows the difference between children’s reactions and adults reaction’s to snow. Adult’s approached the snow as if it was a hassle, and when abo ...more
Sandra Ayala
Another book I choose to read was White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt. This book started off poetic and then started talking about how a group of people were expecting snowfall. Once the snow does fall the author uses great descriptive language to describe how the earth changes once the snow has fallen. Duviosin only uses primary color in the illustrations but they look great contrasted with the white snow. The darkness of the sky and earth without the snow helped snow how cold it is outsid ...more
Caty Carino
What I loved most about this book is the difference in adults and children about the snow. Adults run away once the snowflakes start falling from the grey skies. Adults go into their homes to hide from the snow. Whereas, children are the complete opposite, they thrive in the snow producing laughter and smiles. This sweet winter story uses words and pictures to describe about white fluffy snow. The use of coloring is very scattered causing the readers eyes to look at every detail on the page. The ...more
The poem is the strength of this book, for me. The tri-color illustrations are dark and gloomy, show little movement, and the layout sometimes negatively impacts our ability to see the text. Probably in 1947 this was a gorgeous book, but it isn't standing the test of time for me.
Shawn Thrasher
I think there are bunches of people out there of a certain age, who will read this book and have it take them instantly back to childhood. Tresselt's people might be historical (and trite?) at this point (the postman, the policeman, the housewife), but the sentiment of first snow, and what it means to children, that's neither trite nor historical. Snow may be a pain in the ass for grownups, but for kids in the real world, like in Tresselt's book, snow is a time when children laugh and dance and ...more
The story tells of a town after a snow storm. My children got bored about half way through and asked to read a different book. This was the winner of the Caldecott back in the 1940's so it definitely has old fashioned pictures...these early Caldecotts have been hit and miss with my kids. It's a nice enough story but there isn't much has almost a sleepy feel...and definitely more small town than big city. I appreciate it but don't love it...and it does feel a bit ironic to be reading a ...more
"Fenceposts lost their duncecaps."

Please. I love this book, both for words and illustrations. The humor about the policeman's wife is subtle and lovely.
I enjoy the poetry and prose most of all but the four color illustrations are interesting. Another one to buy later from a Memoria Press recommendation.
Mili Fay
I have thoroughly enjoyed this story, even though it brings memories of the horrible Toronto winters in July. The poem had me a bit confused, because I thought it was a part of the story, so when I got to the first page of the actual story and everyone was saying how the snow was coming, but the poem said it covered the roads and fences... Well, I thought I may have missed a page or something. :-)

However, I love the simple loving story of the coming and leaving of snow. It was a different time a
Apr 07, 2014 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars
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While I enjoyed the poem I could not get over the overall aesthetics of the book. The only reason I gave it more than one star was for the poem. As I was reading it I found that I had a difficult time reading some of the words on the page, as they seemed to blend right into the snowy background. Maybe they were going for a blizzard effect or something, but to me it's a serious design flaw. Also, I found the illustrations to be dull and lifeless. I honestly did not enjoy looking at them. I'm not ...more
The illustrations didn't charm me. I get that it's got a graphic design vibe, like a contemporary 'modern art' poster, and that it shows the contrasts between the warm houses and the cold gray sky, and between the adults' heavier reactions and the children's joy. But I just couldn't bring myself to actually like the art.

Otoh, the text is marvelous. I would love to read this aloud to children. For example, some of the sentences alliterate, some are very short & snappy, some are very long and
Susie White
In White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt, the story captures the mailman, the farmer, and the policeman as they encounter the first snowfall. These characters continue their adult duties to the best of their ability while the snow makes their actions a little more difficult. The policeman even catches a cold making it impossible for him to do his job although his wife tends to him with a warm bowl of soup. All the while, the children of the town play and laugh in the snow, soaking up all of ...more
Sarah Brindley
This is a story about a heavy snowfall and how it affects a postman, farmer, and policeman, as well as the children who play in the snow. It has very descriptive language about the snow and how it covers the landscape. It also describes how it affects the rabbits and describes the children's play time in the snow. This book was published in 1947 so the illustrations of the people are representative of the way people dressed during that time. The policeman's wife and her kitchen match the 40s and ...more
Karina Vegarra
One of the definitions for a picture book is that the book displays respect for a child’s understanding and appreciation for illustrations and what is being displayed. In White Snow Bright Snow, the illustrator is able to draw out the experiences of winter and how snow affects and changes the daily lives of people all around the world who deal with snow. In one of the scenes, a house is being illustrated with a wall that is open to see what is happening inside with the woman, and although this i ...more
Alicia Singleton
This book is about snow days in a small town. The book goes through the actions of six main characters during the snow; the postman, the farmer, the policeman, his wife the rabbits and the children. On each page, the book talks about one or all the character and a brief description of what they are doing. The illustration in this book are mainly dark because it is winter, but the illustrator managed to add a splash of color to each page of the book the was not full of text. The illustrator used ...more
The illustrations that make up such an important part of White Snow Bright Snow are truly some of the finest that I have seen in any recipient of the Caldecott Medal. I love Roger Duvoisin's rich drawing style, which displays all the good characteristics of both old-fashioned charm and sensitivity to the world as perceived by young readers.

White Snow Bright Snow begins as all the people of a small town realize that the first big snow of the season is about to hit. Adults and kids deal with the
Meng Zhang
Even though this is a picture book, Lexile gives this book 870L. It is a Caldecott Award winner. The main characters of this book include the rabbits, the children, the postman, the farmer, the policeman and his wife. It is written from narrative point of view. The setting is a common neighborhood. The story is told by the narrator. At the beginning, the temperature was getting colder and colder. You can tell it from people's reaction. The night then came. Everyone went home so that they did not ...more
Annie Zuckerman
White Snow Bright Snow takes the reader on a journey of the first snowfall, all the way through winter, and into spring. Tresselt describes the vast majority of sights, sounds, and experiences throughout the winter months. Though there is a large amount of text throughout this book, the words are extremely descriptive and allow the reader to create a visual in their head while hearing the story. This is beneficial to a young reader because they are able to strengthen their imagination and then s ...more
Grace Willits
One very impressive aspect in this picture book is how the cold of winter is captured in the illustrations presented in White Snow, Bright Snow. Prior to spring coming in the story, the pages all have a grey background which makes the pages themselves give off the feeling of a cold winter night. There is no sunshine and the children are all bundled in their winter clothes. The illustrations look like they have been painted with a loose stroke. When spring comes after the winter, the color yellow ...more
This story is about how children take such simple pleasures in snow and how typical adults prepare for the snow. The book opens with a short poem about snow and follows with a story set in a small town in the 1960’s. The use of poetry and prose is well used in the text of the book. The postman, the farmer, the policeman and his wife go about preparing for the predicted snow fall. The children wait in anticipation for the snow. Over night the snow comes and the adults make accommodations in there ...more
Back in 1948 When publishing books in color was expensive and only 3 colors were used...this book was a revelation. Would this book win a Caldecott in 2014? NO! But It is still a nice book. What I would LOVE to see... is the book have NEW illustrations. The Illustrator died in 1980....just a thought...good artist get to work!! The Author died in 2000..
Cassandra Ball
The story begins with a simple poem in the beginning of the book, which I thought was kinda cool; although I happen to really enjoy poetry. The books follows a couple of different people in a small town and talks about the things that they have to do so survive the winter and the snow. My favorite part was that when it was talking about the policeman it always talked about his wife too and the things that she had to do for him since it was cold and snowy outside. I didn't like how the words were ...more
White Snow, Bright Snow is about a town that is expecting snow. Once the town finally gets its snow fall, everyone in the town goes about with their snow activities. The story goes about with season of winter, and then at the end of the book, the snow melts and birds start to sing, and it is now spring. The pictures are done mostly in black and white with the accent colors of red and yellow. The pictures have a foggy look to them, but they are easy to follow. The author does a good job of tying ...more
Elizabeth S
I liked it! And it was fun to find that the illustrator, Roger Duvoisin, is also the author for the wonderful Petunia goose books. Funny thing, even though I really like the illustrator, and I should be raving about his Caldecott award winning illustrations, my favorite part of the book is the rhythm of the story. Notice I didn't say rhythm of the words, but the rhythm of the story. Throughout the story we hear about the postman, then the farmer, then the policeman, then the policeman's wife. An ...more
Not a huge fan of this one, though I can see it’s appeal – especially during the time that it was published. The colors of the illustrations, and the poem form were offputting to me in the beginning. Some parts of the story seem a bit old fashioned, like the mustard plaster that the policeman’s wife applies when he has a cold. On the other hand it is a sweet story of a snow coming, and the many ways people know that the snow is coming (even the bunnies) and culminates in the fading of the snow, ...more
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