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White Snow, Bright Snow

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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,657 ratings  ·  168 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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Kathryn
3.5 STARS

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
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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
Barbara
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
Krysta
Holy gender stereotypes, Batman!
Luis Reynoso
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
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Siyuyang Zhang
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
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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
Kenna Hall
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
Emma Hendrickson
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
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
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
Sarah
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
Jenny
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 drama...it 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
Nika
"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.
Margaret
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
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Emily
Apr 07, 2014 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: march
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
Randi
This is a very simple picture book that tells a fun story about the people in this town. The books main plot is about a town that gets snow and how each person in the town reacts differently in the snowy conditions. This picture book has a limited simple colored palette using red, yellow, brown, white, green, and grey. With the small amount of colors used the characters in the book are wearing bright colors which makes them stand out even more. The reader has to analyze each character because th ...more
Logan Gatchel
Alvin Tresselt does a great job at expressing the beauty of winter through the eye of a child. Children do not know, or care, about the poor roads conditions, and pipes freezing during winter months. Children care about being outside, building snowmen and playing around in all the snowflakes. All the adults in this story have to worry about their jobs and health. For older readers, it shows real life scenarios when it is snowing and younger readers can dwell on how much fun show actually is! Thi ...more
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
Josiah
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
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Laura Verret
In this picture book, a community is shown as it experiences winter from its first snowfall through blizzards and heaps and piles of snow through to the final melting away of the winter’s last snowman.

The story is told from no one’s perspective, but we do see how three people’s jobs – the postman, farmer, and policeman – are affected by the presence of snow. We also see what fun things the children create and do in the snow.

I found this offered a fun balance – it taught children that snow isn’t
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Russell
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Evocative text that transcends the years that have passed since they were first written. While the illustrations might be surpassed by the median work released these days, the imagery conveyed by the words themselves is well worth the time.
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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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