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The Blizzard

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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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May 11, 2017 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This book does something outstanding in that it omits what year the story takes place. That might sound like a bad thing, but without that information, it becomes ideal fodder for a research lesson. I loved this book and I would like to use it in an upper grade classroom as the basis of a group research lesson. Awesome. Great illustrations. Great attention to detail in the storytelling. Well done all around. It would be a good introductory read before starting novels like The Secret School or Th ...more
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
Oct 30, 2008 Tracy rated it liked it
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
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
Dec 11, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book captured the imagination of my 6-year old son who's lived in Texas his whole life. We loved reading descriptions of the snow and the workings on the farm on which the main character lived. When the blizzard arrives, all the children from the one-room school house come home with the main character because they can't make it safely to their own homes. His parents welcome all the children and the kids have grand adventures playing in the show, doing chores and taking care of the animals, ...more
Jun 09, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
Mar 18, 2013 Mrs. Wynn rated it really liked it
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
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.
Oct 28, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing
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
Elise G
Jan 24, 2016 Elise G rated it really liked it
There's two kids and they go to school and their teacher lets them go outside. It's snowing and they build a snowman. They put their coats and hats and mittens on. Then it's a blizzard and they all go to the two kids' house. It's a boy named Billy's birthday and they have a birthday cake for him. He is one of the kids who lives in the house. And they also have pie. I liked the book because I just liked reading it and how they described the blizzard.
Stephen Snyder
Feb 02, 2016 Stephen Snyder rated it it was amazing
What a wonderfully entertaining book. The overall message is one that I try to stress to others, "Don't be discouraged when things don't go as planned, sometimes things work out far better when your plans go awry."

Thank you for the loan Franklin Public Library.
Sep 12, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
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 heart-warming story of what happens when a blizzard blows into town on your birthday.
A wonderful story about school classmates who make the most of a blizzard that sweeps through their town.
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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.
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