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White Snow, Bright Snow

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,221 Ratings  ·  193 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 thier 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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Apr 28, 2016 Belen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
White Snow, Bright Snow is a short story about the last snow of the season. It talks about how a farmer, policeman, wife, and postman prepare themselves as they sense and see snow coming down. It describes how adults and children see this snow fall, as well as the animals. This book really captures how much fun children have in the snow and how snow is to be enjoyed. I liked how it talks about what kind of clothing to use in the winter, as it gets colder and when it gets warmer. It also emphasiz ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it

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
Dec 19, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-04-08
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
Feb 01, 2015 Krysta rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-college
Holy gender stereotypes, Batman!
Feb 04, 2016 Kayla added it
The book White Snow Bright Snow was very interesting. The book started out where there was no snow however several characters quickly figured out that it was about to snow. The characters were the mailman, the police officer, the police officers wife, and the farmer. The characters all took action to prepare for the snow in a variety of different ways. They all took caution including the bunnies. The book is a fairly normal length book. Everyone in the town is loving winter until one morning the ...more
Demi Burns
Dec 07, 2015 Demi Burns rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
White Snow, Bright Snow is a story about a town that finally has its first snowfall of the year. The postman put on his boots, the policeman buttoned up his coat, and the farmer went to the barn for a shovel. The children on the other hand laughed and danced in the snow, and caught snowflakes in their mouths, while the rabbits hide in their warm burrows underground. For the next few days, it had snowed and snowed; the postman fell, the policeman got sick, and the farmer had to keep re-digging hi ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Nora rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecotts
White Snow, Bright Snow is a story about the first snowfall of the year. All the adults in town, the farmer and the policeman and his wife, are preparing for the coming winter. All the children in town are very excited and think the snow is simply delightful, a stark contrast to the burden it appears to put on all the adults in town. The snow melts, but they remember how wonderful it was. Roger Duvoisin illustrated the town, using India ink, as dark and dreary, using mustards and reds in all the ...more
Luis Reynoso
Mar 08, 2015 Luis Reynoso rated it liked it
White Snow Bright Snow is a children’s book depicting of people going through their typical snow day activities. Adults do their usual everyday snow day chores and the children go out and enjoy the snow. For the policemen and his wife, it was making sure the policemen wouldn’t get too sick and he did. The wife took good care of the police officer doing everything possible to make sure he doesn’t get too sick.
I think one of the themes in this book is teaching to have a good relationship with yo
Siyuyang Zhang
Feb 08, 2015 Siyuyang Zhang rated it it was amazing
White Snow & Bright Snow.
This is a Caldecott book with pictures every pages. In this case, pictures play very important role for most people, especially kids to read. The pictures in this book are mostly cut-out, with the pictures spread to the edge of papers, which is more close to the real situation when we see the world. Besides, there are some pictures that are double pages spread, which create a larger views of pictures. In addition, the pictures would help kids to create a feeling of
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
Cade Bethea
Jan 30, 2016 Cade Bethea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Age Group: 4-7 (grades prek-2nd)

Summary: The Postman, Framer, Policeman, and his wife, said it looked and felt like it was going to snow. Then suddenly, it began to snow. The adults all prepared for the snow. The kids loved the snow. It was everywhere and turned everything white. There was so much snow. The children even dreamed of snow. When everyone was asleep the snow stopped. But the next morning the snow as still everywhere. Everyone adjusted to the large amount of snow. Each day the snow
Feb 03, 2016 Spencer rated it liked it
Executive Summary: "White Snow, Bright Snow" revolves around the idea of a snowstorm invading the lives of a community. The author includes characters such as the policeman and his wife, the postman and a farmer. He also includes children and a few animals to help reveal each reaction when the snowstorm hits. Each character plays their own role, some humorous and some serious, in the story, while the focus of the illustrations centers on the characters in the snow. By the end, winter passes and ...more
Kenna Hall
Apr 08, 2015 Kenna Hall rated it liked it
Shelves: tch-lrn-307
White Snow, Bright Snow was a great children's book that represents the community aspect during a snow day. However, it is not the plot that makes the book good. The illustrations are very engaging. The bright colors that stand out against the white snow makes the pages eye capturing. This book is a Caldecott winner and a great representation of one too. The light hearted text with the help of the incredible pictures are easy for the reader to follow and want to read more. The cover of the book ...more
Kristine Hansen
Sep 05, 2015 Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite Caldecott books. I've read this one many times, and felt all over again all the things I feel every time we have a big snowstorm. The anticipation...the way the snow falls, the way it melts away afterwards. This captures winter so beautifully that I have to sit back and sigh. The pictures seem dated, but it's part of the fun, getting a glimpse of yesteryear and seeing all the connections to today.
Emma Hendrickson
Apr 26, 2015 Emma Hendrickson rated it liked it
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
Shauna Walters
Apr 12, 2015 Shauna Walters rated it liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
This short story is about the first snowfall on a town for the year. It goes through different townspeople lives with the snow fallen; how they prepare for it, deal with it, and what happens when the snow leaves. This is a great story for all children because children can either relate when snow falls in their hometown, or children can see what it’s like to have snow in a town if they live somewhere where snow is not found. It is a very realistic story and is a fun and interactive story. The ill ...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
Alex Beteta
Feb 01, 2016 Alex Beteta rated it really liked it
This is book is all about the changing of the seasons. The seasons first snow fall occurs and the book goes through and explains how everyone is getting prepare for the winter time. The book explains how the snowfall changes how the town usually looks. Then eventually explains the full cycle and the all of the snow melts. The theme of this book is how seasons change and how people have to adjust their lifestyles according to the weather. Although this book is short the pictures are amazing and m ...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
Brieanna Olsen
Dec 08, 2015 Brieanna Olsen rated it liked it
Shelves: fun-for-children
The postman, the farmer, and the policeman and his wife continue to go about doing all of their grownup daily activities when a snowstorm comes falling down out of the sky. The children in the neighborhood are so excited as they play in the snow and catch the flakes as they come falling down. There is so many realistic things in this book and I really like that aspect of it. The children are all happy, while the adults have to continue on as normally as they can with their day. The illustrations ...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.
Feb 16, 2016 Asho rated it really liked it
I picked this out at the library recently. With a blizzard on the way, it seemed an appropriate choice. It was written in the 1940s and definitely shows its age (particularly in terms of gender stereotypes). However, that's also part of its charm. The language is quaint, and the illustrations are lovely. Duvoisin is one of my favorite children's book illustrators. I liked the color palette on this one very much. So, I give this four stars. My son was less enthusiastic about it than I was, so I s ...more
Caroline Siewert
White Snow, Bright Snow is a Caldecott medal winning book that I read for a project this semester. This book has illustrations that kind of tell their own story. There are not too many words so the reader has to rely on looking at the pictures and coming up with their own stories to figure out what is happening in the story. The storyline of this book follows a town and its people as they prepare for a big snow storm that will almost shut down their town for a few days. There are a couple pages ...more
Shawn Thrasher
Apr 24, 2014 Shawn Thrasher rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2015 Nadine rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt is a very interesting book in the way that it is illustrated. This was one of the first things I noticed because all of the pages have the same four colors on them, yellow, red, black and gray. I just have not seen this in any other children's books and it is something that really stood out to me. The story itself is simple but good. At a few points in the story it depicts what the children do in the snow compared to what the rabbits to (it is almost lik ...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
Apr 22, 2016 McKenzie rated it liked it
White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt and is about a town that gets a big snowfall and how snow meant different things to different people in the town. For the postman, farmers and policemen the snow meant more clothes to wear while working and putting animals away in the barn. For the wives of these men it meant making sure they had cold medicine and made more warm clothes for them to wear to work. For the children in the town it meant playing all day outside with friends, building snow hou ...more
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Alvin Tresselt (1916-2000) was born in New Jersey. He was an editor for Humpty Dumpty magazine and an executive editor for Parent’s Magazine Press before becoming an instructor and the Dean of Faculty for the Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut. He wrote over thirty children’s books, selling over a million copies. Although White Snow, Bright Snow won the Caldecott Medal in 1948, his ...more
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