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The Blizzard

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Although a blizzard prevents his cousins from visiting on his birthday, Billy has a special day.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Holiday House (first published August 2003)
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Ally Copper
Billy thinks his birthday has been ruined by a blizzard that is looming, because the bad weather means his cousins will not be able to come to his party. When the school day gets cut short because of the snow, Billy accepts that as a pretty good birthday present. Then when the whole school has to come to his house because the roads are too bad for the teacher and other children to make it all the way home, it turns out to be a pretty terrific birthday party indeed. "The Blizzard" by Betty Ren Wr...more
CIP Summary: "Although a blizzard prevents his cousins from visiting for his birthday, a disappointed Billy ends up having a very special day when his teacher and classmates must stay overnight at his family's house to wait out the snowstorm."

The time and place of this story does not seem to be clear, but it does seem to be in a time long ago and a school in a small town. But it is a story that could happen in a small rural town today. Although Billy thinks his birthday will be just an ordinary...more
Linda Lipko
A quick read that contained lovely illustrations of a major storm that hit when children were at school.

Billy's house is the nearest to the school and thus the teacher wisely herded the children there.

Disappointed that his cousins could not celebrate his birthday, his sadness was replaced with joy when his classmates were stranded at his house and they could celebrate with him.

While I cannot highly recommend this one, I am noting that many children's illustrated books have a theme of snow.
Janice Villwock
K-2nd grade Listening/read aloud

From the very first page, this book would have the attention of the whole class because the story is about Billy's birthday and the disappointment he experiences when his cousin's cannot attend his birthday due to the bad weather. The story contains things that are familiar to young children - friends, snowball fights, singing songs. Pages are done in watercolors and with very descriptive scenes, you can almost feel the snow coming down and landing on your nose. B...more
Henry is disappointed when he learns that his five cousins will be unable to attend his birthday party due to a snowstorm, but the family entertains unexpected guests when the one-room schoolhouse is snowed in and the only place close enough to walk is Henry's farm. Soon everyone is having a good time waiting out the storm and Henry realizes that having a December birthday can be all right after all. The illustrations by Ronald Himler are done in watercolor and gouache over pencil with indoor il...more
Mrs. Wynn
Great paintings/illustrations accompany the story of Billy, whose birthday is tomorrow--but his cousins can't come to his party because of a predicted snowstorm. Feeling as if life is NOT fair, Billy and his sister Mae head off to school. As the snow begins in the late morning, Billy realizes that this might be a short school day--not a bad birthday gift, he thinks. With the roads closed by snow, Mr. Carter, a neighbor comes to tell the teacher that the students are stuck at the school house for...more
I LOVED this story. I can tell you I loved it because I am such a birthday person. This story takes place during the pioneer days. The young children go to school and a young boy is very upset because his parents inform him that because of the blizzard, the family can't come to visit. However, the storm becomes much worse during the school day. The teacher decides to take the one room school house to the nearest persons houses- it happens to be the young boys. The birthday that seems to be his w...more
I love the coziness of this book! It's about a birthday party in the blizzard. So cute! I especially love the mom in this story. She is ready for any emergency and calm and fun. You will love it in the winter!
A wonderful story about school classmates who make the most of a blizzard that sweeps through their town.
A heart-warming story of what happens when a blizzard blows into town on your birthday.
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Betty Ren Wright is an author of children's fiction including The Dollhouse Murders, The Ghosts Of Mercy Manor and A Ghost in The House among others.

She was born June 15, 1927 in the U.S. and she is currently working on her 26th novel. Ms. Wright lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with her husband, George Frederiksen, a painter.
More about Betty Ren Wright...
The Dollhouse Murders Christina's Ghost Ghosts Beneath Our Feet (An Apple Paperback) The Ghosts of Mercy Manor A Ghost in the House

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